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NameUnited States Mint at Denver
Address320 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80204
TypeActivity
CategoryFactory Tour
DescriptionTours of the Denver Mint include an overview of the coin making process, new exciting coin programs and the history of the mint in Denver. Tours are free and offered Monday-Friday by reservation only. Reservations can be made at www.usmint.gov

Mission

The primary mission of the United States Mint is to manufacture and distribute circulating coins, precious metals and collectible coins, and national medals to meet the needs of the United States. In addition to producing coins and medals, the United States Mint also maintains physical custody and protection of the Nation's gold and silver assets.

History

In 1858, when gold was discovered in Colorado, hundreds of merchants, miners and settlers moved in for their stake. A year later, the city of Denver was founded; and in 1863, the U.S. government established a mint facility there. Today, the United States Mint at Denver manufactures all denominations of circulating coins, coin dies, the Denver "D" portion of the annual uncirculated coin sets and commemorative coins authorized by the U. S. Congress. It also stores gold and silver bullion.
For its first 46 years, the United States Mint at Denver was only 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 with their weight and quality. By 1895, the Assay Office was booming, bringing in more than $5.6 million in gold and silver deposits annually.
In 1904, the government decided to convert the Assay Office into a working mint, and built a much grander facility, an Italian Renaissance style building modeled after a Florentine palace. In 1906, its first year in operation, the new Mint produced 167,371,035 gold and silver coins valued at $27 million. Today, the Denver Mint's output can exceed 50 million coins a day.
Denver treasures its historic mint building, which is one of Colorado's oldest institutions. To see this beautiful facility and learn its history, take a United States Mint public tour . You will enjoy special exhibits, artifacts from the United States Mint's early days and up-close views of the coin making process.

Educational Programs

The Denver Mint offers a free Education and Outreach Program. In the Denver Metro area speakers are available to conduct presentations about the US Mint's operation, coin production and history at schools as well as adult and civic groups. Please call 303-405-4755 for more information.


Phone 1(303) 405-4761
Handicapped AccessibleYes
Time Allowance30 Minute Tour Reservations Required
Websitewww.usmint.gov
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Last Updated2/1/2012
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