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1936:
A bullion depository is built at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to store gold.  The gold bars are called "bullion."
1937:
The U.S. Bullion Depository opens at Fort Knox, where its first shipment of gold is brought by railroad.

A new building opens for the San Francisco Mint, which has outgrown its other one.

The West Point Bullion Depository opens—the "Fort Knox of Silver."

1938:
Thomas Jefferson's portrait appears on the nickel.
1938:
The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are secretly stored in Fort Knox to keep them safe during World War II.

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