About the United States Mint

Since our institution’s founding in 1792, the Mint has taken great pride in rendering the story of our nation in coins. To hold a coin or medal produced by the Mint is to connect to the founding principles of our nation and the makings of our economy.

The Mint is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce.

The Mint also produces coin-related products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The Mint’s programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.

Watch the video below to see what the Mint does. Or browse our History section to learn about the Mint’s history as one of the oldest agencies in the federal government.


The mission of the Mint is to serve the American people by manufacturing and distributing circulating, precious metal and collectible coins and national medals, and providing security over assets entrusted to us.

For information about U.S. paper currency, please contact the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.


Acting Deputy Director David M. Croft joined the U.S. Mint in 2007 as the Plant Manager of the Denver Mint. He transferred to Washington, DC in 2014 and held positions as the Associate Director of Manufacturing and Acting Chief Administrative Officer before becoming the Acting Deputy Director in February 2018. Read his full biography on the Director’s Office page.