Fathers and Sons at the U.S. Mint

By Office of Corporate Communications
July 6, 2016

Luis Martinez, a Die Manufacturer at the Denver facility
Luis Martinez, a Die Manufacturer at the Denver facility

With the celebration of Father’s Day last month, some of our employees shared their unique perspective on the holiday, having followed their fathers’ footsteps in working at the U.S. Mint.

Eduardo Gonzalez, a Utility Systems Repairer Operator Supervisor in Philadelphia, enjoys working with his father, who had previously retired, but got bored at home and decided to come back to work.

“Whenever I have the opportunity to have lunch with my dad,” says Gonzalez, “it’s just a privilege to be there with him. . . . My dad’s wisdom and how he raised me has really made a big difference in my life.”

Frank Perkins, Jr., a Heat Treater in Philadelphia who has worked over 40 years at the Mint, remembers fondly when his father used to take him as a child to visit the Spring Garden facility. Working for the Mint now is an honor, says Perkins.

Die Manufacturer Luis Martinez from Denver considers his Mint coworkers a family. He credits his father, who worked 20 years for the Mint and retired in 2008, as helping to raise him in a “Mint household,” where he was able to meet other families in the Mint community while he was growing up.

Marcus Coffey, a Coin Assembly Machine Operator from San Francisco, is a third generation employee, whose father, mother and grandfather all worked for the Mint.

“Being here, following in their footsteps,” says Coffey, “definitely has meant a lot to our family.”

Luis Martinez’s father, also named Luis, pictured at the Mint in Denver in the 1990s.
Luis Martinez’s father, also named Luis, pictured at the Mint in Denver in the 1990s.

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