CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Coins minted to celebrate West Virginia's 150th birthday are now in the hands of collectors.
The commemorative silver rounds sold out Monday. Online sales had begun just after midnight. Officials say they were gone by 11:15 a.m.
The state minted 1,863 of the coins, to reflect the year West Virginia gained statehood. They depict the official sesquicentennial logo on one side and a detailed engraving of the state seal on the other. They sold for $49 each.
West Virginia split from Virginia during the Civil War. Activities commemorating the state's birth are leading up to a major celebration in Charleston that runs from June 20 through the June 23 anniversary of statehood.
The state also issued a commemorative coin in 1963, when it turned 100. Those have become collector's items.
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