Pages related to: Mint History

The History of U.S. Circulating Coins

April 22, 2019 - The story of U.S. circulating coins began long before the opening of a national mint in 1792. Before national coinage, a mix of foreign and domestic coins circulated, both during the Colonial Period and in the years following the Revolutionary...

Coin Production

April 22, 2019 - The U.S. Mint has produced coins for this nation for over 225 years. Coin production evolved from slow horse- and man-powered machinery to fast computer-controlled machines. Explore the history of coin production and how the process changed through the years....

History of the U.S. Mint

April 22, 2019 - On April 2, 1792 Congress passed the Coinage Act, establishing the first national mint in the United States. During the Colonial Period, monetary transactions were handled using foreign or colonial currency, livestock, or produce. After the Revolutionary War, the U.S....

Women at Work: Meet the Mint’s Female Trailblazers

February 21, 2019 - Women have been an essential part of the U.S. Mint’s story from the beginning. Just three years after the Coinage Act of 1792, the Mint hired its first two female employees. In the years that followed, women gained opportunities not readily...

Inside the Denver Mint: The First Coining Press

September 19, 2017 - September 19, 2017 Inside the Denver Mint, there are many artifacts from the United States Mint’s 225-year history. One of the things you might find is a replica of the first coining press from 1792. For the first 40 years...

Inside the Denver Mint: The Millionaire Calculating Machine

August 22, 2017 - August 22, 2017 If you visit the Denver Mint, you might meet a millionaire. But this millionaire isn’t a person, and it’s not a coin, either. It’s an object you might use every day in school or as an application...

Fort Knox Fun Facts

November 21, 2018 - Have you ever heard the expression “as secure as Fort Knox?” It means something has the highest level of protection. Maybe you already know that Fort Knox is a real place in Kentucky. But did you know the real Fort...

Fort Knox. Mystery Is Its History.

May 26, 2017 - By Todd Brandes and Jimmy Shirley April 28, 2017 The United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Ky., is one of six United States Mint facilities. Located 30 miles southwest of Louisville, adjacent to the United States Army Garrison Fort Knox,...

Copper Half-Cent and One-Cent Coin Legislation

April 19, 2017 - To provide for a copper coinage. SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress Assembled, That the Director of the Mint, with the approbation of the President of...

Coinage Act of April 2, 1792

April 19, 2017 - Establishing a mint and regulating the coins of the United States. SEC. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, and it is hereby enacted and declared, That...