The Mint offers free tours of the Philadelphia and Denver facilities, which cover the present state of coin manufacturing and the history of the Mint. Visitors learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins.
Watch the video below to learn about the tour in Philadelphia.
More than 1,600 employees work at six United States Mint facilities:
- Washington, DC – Headquarters
- Philadelphia, PA – Production Facility
- Denver, CO – Production Facility
- San Francisco, CA – Production Facility
- West Point, NY – Production Facility
- Fort Knox, KY – Bullion Depository
- Former Mint Facilities
The Mint’s sustainability program reduces the Mint’s energy, water and material usage at each of its facilities.
When the United States government began minting coins in 1792, the original Mint facility in Philadelphia was hard-pressed to produce enough currency for our small country.
As the country grew and the demand for coins increased, we had to expand the Mint’s facilities. This expansion was further fueled by the discovery of gold, first in the Southeast and later in the West, and the need for hard currency, which caused people to mint their own gold coins.
Under President Andrew Jackson, three new southern branches were authorized in 1835 to complement the Philadelphia facility. These facilities—in New Orleans, Charlotte, and Dahlonega—followed the rapid growth of the south resulting from the discovery of gold in the early 1800s. In fact, the Charlotte and Dahlonega facilities minted only gold coins. All three closed after the Civil War.
Similar growth followed the settling and expansion of the West, driven by the discovery of gold in California. Facilities opened in San Francisco in 1854 and Denver in 1863, and a host of United States Mint facilities and assay offices were created after the Civil War in such places as Carson City, St. Louis, Seattle, Boise, Helena, Deadwood, Salt Lake City, and New York. Meanwhile, the bureau’s administrative headquarters moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C. in 1873.
Today, in order to keep our economy flowing smoothly, the Mint maintains facilities in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point, and a bullion depository in Fort Knox, KY.