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Historic Highlights

Mining Materials

1828:
America's first "gold rush" begins in Georgia, an eastern state.
1836:
The first steam press is put in place.  Coins can now be made faster—probably about 120 coins each minute.
1837–8:
Three new Mint branches open in Louisiana, Georgia, and North Carolina because of gold mined nearby.
1848:
Gold is found in California.  The California Gold Rush takes off the following year.
1854:
An office opens in San Francisco where Gold Rush miners can have their gold tested and weighed.  It soon becomes the San Francisco Mint.
1858:
Gold is found in Colorado.  Silver is found in Nevada the following year.
1861:
During the Civil War, the Southern branch mints fall under Confederate control.
1863:
A Mint office opens in a bank building in Denver, Colorado, where gold and silver from nearby mines can be tested and weighed.

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