Washington — The United States Mint will inform and educate visitors, as well as present beautiful collectible products, at the American Numismatic Association’s (ANA) World’s Fair of Money at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver from August 16 to August 19, 2006.
The United States Mint, located at booth #200 on the first floor of the Colorado Convention Center in the Mint Promenade, will feature perennial favorites such as the 2006 United States Mint Proof Set®, 2006 United States Mint Silver Proof Set™, 2006 United States Mint Uncirculated Set®, as well as 2006–dated American Eagles in gold, silver and platinum.
The popular new 24–Karat American Buffalo Gold Proof Coins will also be available, along with Colorado commemorative quarter–dollar coins in bags and two–roll sets.
Visitors to the United States Mint booth will also be able to access two new exciting website features: the Historian’s Corner and the United States Mint historical timeline. The Historian’s Corner is a new section of the United States Mint’s website where visitors can examine rarely seen United States Mint documents. The Historian’s Corner will become an information resource for tracking the history of U.S. coinage and for conducting research on United States Mint programs and operations. The Historian’s Corner can be found at www.usmint.gov/historianscorner.
The United States Mint historical timeline is a web–based interactive presentation of important people, places and events in the history of the United States Mint. The timeline also features a brief history of the facilities that have served as United States Mint production facilities, assay offices or branch mints. The facilities are represented geographically, and their years of operation are also linked to the timeline function. The timeline’s interactive features also include United States Mint coins and Presidential medals, offering visitors a brief numismatic history of the Nation and a record of Presidential service. The timeline can be accessed by visiting www.usmint.gov/timeline.
The Office of the Historian of the United States Mint will feature a collection of unique historical artifacts, many of them exhibited publicly for the first time. They include original photographs that chronicle the United States Mint’s 100–year history of coin production in Denver, Colorado.
For its first 46 years, the United States Mint at Denver was an assay office in the Clark, Gruber and Company Bank Building. Miners brought in gold dust and nuggets to be melted, assayed and cast into bars stamped by weight and quality. In 1904, the United States Government decided to convert the assay office into a working mint, and build a much grander facility, an Italian Renaissance–style building modeled after a Florentine palace. In 1906, its first year of operation, the United States Mint at Denver produced 167,371,035 gold and silver coins valued at $27 million. Today, output at Denver can exceed 50 million coins a day.
Two United States Mint employees, April Stafford and Debbie Dawson, will receive the ANA’s Outstanding Government Service Award, which “recognizes an individual in public service, working for a government, governmental agency or international organization, or retiree who has helped advance the interests of collectors of coins, tokens, medals and paper money.” Ms. Stafford and Ms. Dawson have provided leadership on the United States Mint Education Initiative, including the award–winning kid’s site, United States Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change™.
United States Mint products may also be purchased at the United States Mint’s secure website, www.usmint.gov or by calling 1–800–USA–MINT (872–6468). Hearing– and speech–impaired customers with TTY equipment may order by calling 1–888–321–MINT (6468).