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