In total, eight US Mints have served the nation
since the founding of the first Mint in Philadelphia in 1792. The
Philadelphia Mint began striking regular issue coinage in 1793, and
remained the only minting facility in the United States until 1838,
when three branch mints were opened to meet the demands of a growing
This section offers illustrated summaries of
United States mint facilities. All have a fascinating story to tell. We
call it the "Saga of the US Mint".
|United States Mint Facilities|
|San Francisco||Carson City||Denver||West Point|
Here is a sampling of what you'll see...
|"The First Inspection", depicts George and Martha Washington examining the 1792 half disme pattern, the first coin ever struck bearing the name of the United States (post-Constitution). As this (perhaps imaginary) scene unfolded, the original Philadelphia Mint was about to begin construction. Public domain image.||The Denver Mint was established on paper in 1862, but did not begin striking coins until 1906, when the facility above was completed. Still housed in this building, the Denver Mint can produce over 50 million coins a day. Image courtesy of ANA.||The San Francisco Mint was one of the few buildings to survive the devastating earthquake of 1906. The intact structure was used to stage numerous financial operations to help the city recover. Image courtesy of National Archives.|