Quality and Packaging Standards for Bulk Deliveries

All mutilated coin submissions must comply with the requirements of Treasury regulations appearing in 31 C.F.R. part 100, subpart C. Go to the Instructions page for more information.

Additional requirements for bulk deliveries are listed below.


Surface area must be clean and identifiable as United States coins. Therefore, the material must be clean and free of substantially all residue.

Material must be free of:

  • All loose metallic contaminants including, but not limited to, iron, stainless steel, tin, lead, aluminum, zinc, solder or other non U.S. alloy metals
  • Dirt or dust (more than a nominal amount)
  • Free of pests and any other living organisms
  • Excessive oil and moisture
  • Non-metallic materials such as plastics, paper, insulation, wood, cardboard, paper, ash, adhesive backings, etc.
  • Radioactive contamination


1. Material coming from third parties must be packaged in bulk bags or usable boxes (preferably Gaylord boxes) on skids with weight not to exceed 5,000 lbs.

  • Dimensions of skid and box not to exceed 48″ x 48″ x 60″. Minimum skid size is 36″ x 36″.
  • All wood crates, pallets, and bracing must be compliant with the latest standards of The International Standard for Phytosanitary Measures.
  • Material must be shipped to allow unloading by fork-lift trucks (minimum trailer height of 97″).
  • Cardboard boxes must be of reasonably usable size and shape.
  • Material will not be received in metal 55 gallon barrels, unless pre-approved

2. Containers must be shipped to allow a visual inspection and random sampling. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Boxes must be single stacked on the truck.
  • Any lids must be easily removed, no staples or nails.

3. Any broken boxes on the truck are cause for rejection of the load.

4. Boxes must be labeled with:

  • Participant’s name
  • Alloy
  • Gross weight (in pounds)
  • Tare weight
  • Net weight

More than one alloy can be on a truck if segregated and properly labeled.

5. Load must be received with an itemized packing slip containing alloy, number of containers as well as gross, net and tare weights in U.S. pounds.

The U.S. Mint reserves the right to reject any submission that contains any contaminant that could render the coins unsuitable for coinage metal. In such instances, the participant will be notified to retrieve the entire submission, at the participant’s sole expense, within 30 days. If the submission is not retrieved in a timely manner, the entire submission will be treated as voluntarily abandoned property, pursuant to 41 CFR 102-41.80, and will be retained or disposed of by the United States Mint.

Submissions that do not meet the quality or packaging requirements will also be rejected. This includes the right to reject material due to quality after initial inspection until the material is melted and acceptable chemistry is confirmed.

Neither the U.S. Mint nor its authorized recyclers assumes the responsibility for costs associated with rejected material. Any rejected material must be picked up within 30 days of rejection notification.

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