Mint History Trivia

The U.S. Mint was created in 1792 and is one of the oldest agencies in the federal government. Learn more about the Mint’s history by completing our history trivia challenge. Search through our Historical Timeline to find the answers to the trivia questions below.

1. Why was Philadelphia chosen as the location for the first U.S. Mint in 1792?
2. What were the first two coins made at the Mint in Philadelphia in 1793?
3. Which historical event caused the San Francisco Mint to open in 1854?
4. When did Abraham Lincoln first appear on the penny?
5. Why were cents (pennies) made of zinc-coated steel for only one year in 1943?
6. Who was the first non-mythical woman to appear on a circulating coin in 1979?
7. When did the U.S. Mint start issuing quarters that featured different U.S. states?
8. What was the name of the space shuttle that the first U.S. coins were sent into space in 1999?
9. Which sport was featured on the first curved U.S. coin in 2014?