History

Drawing of women sitting around a table weighing coins on scales.
Women working in the Adjusting Room at the San Francisco Mint in 1856.

Welcome to the U.S. Mint history site, where you can find information on how the Mint has connected America through coins for 225 years.

Since its founding in 1792, the United States Mint has accumulated many historical documents and artifacts. The primary source material presented in this Historical Archive can provide new insight into the relationships among numismatics, art, design, and government.

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“Then & Now” Video Corner

Watch one of our videos below, which feature 1940 documentary footage from the U.S. National Archives, to learn more about U.S. Mint history.

Part I of the “Then & Now” video series looks at the early years of the Mint​.

Part II of the “Then & Now” video series looks at sculpting and engraving.

Part III the “Then & Now” video series looks at hub and die making.

Part IV of the “Then & Now” video series looks at penny production.


San Francisco Mint Video Corner

Watch one of our videos below to learn more about the U.S. Mint in San Francisco.

Part I of the San Francisco Mint video series looks at Branch Mint and Old Mint operations in the 1800s.

Part II of the San Francisco Mint video series looks at the Mint’s role in helping the city recover from the 1906 earthquake and fire.

 

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