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.

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.


David J. Ryder is the 39th United States Mint Director. He also led the Mint as its 34th Director from September 1992 to November 1993. Read his full biography on the Director’s Office page.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Through the Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program, the Mint reflects the rich diversity of the nation and provides full and fair opportunities. Read more.

Mint Minute

Watch the video for a quick explanation of what the Mint does.