Encased in Acrylic for Display or for Use As a Paperweight
Around the upper edge of the paperweight: Grand Casino, Gulfport, Mississippi
Around the lower edge: Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi
The coin inside is shiny gold in color, but I cannot make a representation of its metal composition.
The coin itself reads:
Grand Casino Collector Coin
1997 Gulf Coast Series
This side of the coin depicts an antebellum structure, unidentified. I was unable to find a Grand Casino coin like this. However, I have matched the picture to the old Magnolia Hotel, built in 1847 in Biloxi, which is on the Register of Historic Places. It housed the Biloxi's Mardi Gras Museum when it was hit by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Of course, the coin depicts the Magnolia Hotel as it stood in 1997.
The first floor of the historic Magnolia Hotel was washed out and great damage done, although it still stood without significant structural damage. There was talk of restoring the structure, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, but I am not sure if that is completed.
Today the Magnolia Hotel is the only antebellum hotel in that section of the Gulf Coast that still stands.
The reverse side of the coin reads:
In the center of the reverse side, a sunburst insignia reads:
The huge Grand Casino Biloxi and the Grand Casino Gulfport were constructed on shore barges. Both were thrown far inland during Katrina and entirely destroyed. The Biloxi casino has been rebuilt, but the Gulfport casino was not.
The entire coin display (or paperweight) is 3 inches in diameter and ¾ inches high.
There is light wear to the paperweight, but it still remains a beautiful piece with historic significance.