U.S. Mint Overview

​The U.S. Mint is over 200 years old. Soon after the Constitution's ratification, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton personally prepared plans for a national Mint. Since its creation on April 2, 1792, by an act of Congress, the Mint has grown to become a Fortune 500- sized manufacturing and international marketing enterprise with more than $1 billion annual revenues and 2,200 employees. It is the world's largest manufacturer of coins, medals and coin based consumer products.

The Mint annually produces 12-20 circulating coins, distributes them to Federal Reserve banks and branches, maintains physical custody and protection of the nation's $100 billion gold and silver assets. They also produce proof and uncirculated coins, commemorative coins and medals to the general public.

While the U.S. Mint headquarters are in Washington, DC, all U.S. coins and medals are manufactured in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point. Please visit the Mint web site for more in-depth information on the manufacture of coins.
Presently, the Mint has two very popular coin programs; the 50 State Quarter Program, which honors the individual states through a new series of circulating quarters being issued over the next decade; and the golden dollar, featuring the engraving of a young Native American woman who served as translator for the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Visit the Mint web site for more information on these and other coin programs.
In Washington, DC, you can visit the U.S. Mint Sales Kiosk in the Main Hall of Union Station, on Massachusetts Avenue, NE. Their hours of operation are Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday 12 noon to 6:00 p.m. Their phone is 202-289-0609. The next time you are visiting the nation's capitol, please feel free to stop by and see the many interesting and beautifully crafted products the Mint is now selling. They offers the latest commemorative and annual coins, the popular new state quarters, collector maps, medals and a variety of coin jewelry.
If you have mutilated coins that have been fused together or melted, you can send them to the following address:
U.S. Mint
Post Office Box 400
Philadelphia, PA 19105
Further questions about the Mint can be answered either in our FAQs, at the U.S. Mint web site or by phoning the Public Affairs office at 202-354-7227.
Last Updated: 12/2/2010 7:36 PM