The Craig Centennial Coin should be available for purchase about the first week in December.

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The Craig Centennial Coin should be available for purchase about the first week in December.

Centennial coin available soon

City donates money

The Museum of Northwest Colorado and the Craig Chamber of Commerce made a joint donation to the 100th Birthday Celebration with profits made from the city's 75th birthday, the Diamond Jubilee.

The check totaled $921.05 and was profit from collectable books printed for the Diamond Jubilee that have gradually sold since 1983, museum director Dan Davidson said.

The money has been sitting in a savings account for the past 10 or 15 years, since the books sold out, "earning the small amount of money that savings accounts earn," Davidson said.

"I thought it was a good thing," he added. "It's a good use for that money to go toward the same kind of thing."

— Beth Gilchrist, Craig 100th Birthday Committee member and Craig Middle School secretary, has a varied collection of Craig memorabilia.

She has wooden nickels, a memorial plate and souvenir buttons from the city's Golden Jubilee, its 50th anniversary.

Gilchrist is looking forward to next year's centennial, when she might add to that collection, she said.

The first of Craig's 100th Birthday memorabilia, which Gilchrist plans to purchase, is ready for the public to see.

The 100th Birthday Committee, made up of residents, business owners and city officials, has decided on the design for the Craig Centennial Coin.

"My first comment when I saw them was they are so much prettier than I expected," Gilchrist said.

The coins should be available for purchase within three weeks, about the first week in December, Mayor Don Jones said.

Committee members said the coins would make good holiday gifts coming up to 2008, Craig's 100th year.

They will sell for $8 each at the Craig Chamber of Commerce building, the Museum of Northwest Colorado and City Hall.

Other businesses seeking to sell the coins can contact City Hall to place orders, Jones said.

The city ordered 1,000 coins, but if the demand is great enough, more will be ordered.

The Committee's next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 27 in City Hall, where it plans to finalize designs for commemorative hats, shirts and cups.

The Committee will decide between six local businesses that placed design bids for those projects.

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