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Inside the United States Mint

Image shows a map of the continental United States and the location of five United States Mint facilities. San Francisco, California Denver, Colorado Fort Knox, Kentucky Philadelphia, Pennsylvania West Point, New York

To learn about a facility, click on a city:


What Is the United States Mint?

The United States Mint makes coins.  Its main task is to make sure the people of the nation have enough coins to carry on daily business.  The Bureau of Engraving and Printing makes paper money and, like the United States Mint, is an agency of the Department of the Treasury.  In addition to coins for commerce (buying and selling), the United States Mint also makes other coins and medals for collectors.

Where is the Mint?  There are six places around the country that make up this federal agency.  Each one is called a "facility."


What Is a Facility?

A facility is a place or building set up for certain reasons.  As a house has a kitchen for cooking and a bedroom for sleeping but the rooms are still part of one house, so the United States Mint has six facilities with different purposes.

From Headquarters in Washington, DC, the Director of the Mint oversees the facilities in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point, and the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky (shown on the map above).

These pages have been created so you can know the stories of these facilities...how they came to be and what part they play in creating coinage and protecting assets for the United States of America.

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