Oakland, California Temple


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Oakland, California, USA Temple


In the early 1950’s negotiations began for the land where the Oakland Temple resides. Fourteen years later the temple site was purchased, but twenty more years passed before construction began. It was miraculously dedicated by President David O. McKay on November 17, 1964. Having recently suffered a stroke, President McKay was experiencing difficulties speaking and it was hard to understand him. He was assisted to the pulpit, which he held tightly to in order to remain standing. He then spoke out in a clear voice, delivering not only a talk, but also the dedicatory prayer. The only temple* built with five spires, this is the last temple* built with exterior friezes. Two granite panels of daring proportions, weighing twelve tons each, grace this temple, the one on the north showing Jesus teaching in the Holy Land and the one on the south show Him appearing to the Nephites. It was thought they could not be put in place without causing breakage or damage. Glen R. Nielsen, the contractor for the exterior, took the problem to the Lord in prayer. “One Sunday just before we were going to set the panels I was shown the way we were to pick up the panels. It was as clear to me as if I looked at someone face to face… I knew the exact number of bolts to use, their size, the metal to use and how it was to be constructed.”** This temple reminds us that the impossible, with the Lord’s help, can be achieved.

How Temple Coins are Made

Dave started creating jewelry using metals in 1992, ten years later he had worked with nearly every metal in the jewelry industry! Moving to Thailand, he spent the next nine years perfecting his skills with various metals, 3D models and 3D printers. He dreamed of producing something that would bring delight to purchasers and carry with it positive feelings that would touch the souls of those who owned them. In 2014 he was able to realize his dream. Returning to the US, he uses Lost-wax casting to create a metal master from brass alloy for each temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, depicting, in the highest degree of definition possible, a coin with a 3D image of a temple. The reverse of each coin is cast with the words “Stand ye in holy places.”

Purchase one or two of the temples that hold special meaning to you. Commemorate your visit to a temple by picking up the corresponding coin. Celebrate a milestone in a loved one’s life by gifting them a temple coin to inspire them. Collect them all or just a few. Some are cast in precious metals, making each coin an investment that will be a treasure in every sense of the word.

Additional Information

  • Free Shipping on orders over $35.
  • All coins are 1 1/4 in.
  • Pewter Coins are cast from lead free alloys.
  • Brass Coins cast from a silicone, brass alloy.  Giving our brass coins a rich yellow gold color for a fraction of the cost of gold coins.
  • Silver Coins are cast from an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper.
  • Gold Coins cast in 14K Gold are 58.5% pure gold.  The remaining alloy consists of a copper and silver mix.
  • All of our coins are developed, cast, and finished locally in our facility in Logan, UT, U.S.A.

**Source note: Candland, “Ensign to the Nations”, page 65