Washington DC Temple

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Washington DC, USA Temple

History

In 1962, fifty-two acres of a wooded hill was purchased near Rock Creek Park to become the site of a temple. Only eleven of these acres has been developed, keeping the temple removed from the disruptions of the nearby city. The team of architects working to design the temple said, “Our constant prayer was that the Washington Temple would ‘glow with the spirit of enlightenment,’ and that it would ‘truly represent the majesty, dignity and vital message of the Church to all the world’.”* The temple is designed to direct one’s eyes upward, seeking God and bringing to the mind thoughts of eternity. It is one of a handful of temples topped with a statue of Angel Moroni holding the golden plates in one arm and blowing his trumpet with the other hand. This temple is the tallest** in the Church, designed to rise up out of the forest surrounding it so that it may be seen from the Capital Beltway (Interstate 495). As construction began to be visible above the trees, many who saw it from the Beltway came to visit, wanting to know more. This prompted the building of the Visitors’ Center to be accelerated, to provide visitors a place of learning and welcome. The temple itself was dedicated on November 19, 1974. The Washington D.C. temple reminds us of the scripture, “No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.” (Luke 11: 33) It gladly shares its light with all the world.

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: Wilcox, “Washington D. C. Temple”
**Currently.