Did you know that the Denver Mint produces more than a two trillion pennies, 473 million nickels, 659 million dimes and 168 million quarters? The United States Mints that produce coins (located in Denver and Philadelphia) produce between 14 and 28 billion circulating coins each year — that’s 65 to 80 million coins every day.
Before Congress passed the Coinage Act creating the United States Mint in 1792, a variety of foreign and colonial currency was exchanged. The new legislation called for a national mint located in the capital at that time, Philadelphia. The served and continues to serve the country by applying world-class business practices in making, selling, and protecting our Nation’s coinage and assets.
The United States Mint is part of the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the United States Mint has field sites in Denver, Colorado; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; San Francisco, California; West Point, New York; and Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Touring the United States Mint in Denver, Colorado, is a fascinating experience for those of all ages and one that will be remembered for a lifetime. Tours cover both the present state of coin manufacturing as well as the history of the Mint. Visitors will learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins. Best of all, tours are FREE!
All United States Mint tours are free of charge. Guided tours start on the hour and are available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays). Reservations are required since a limited number of tours are available. General tour information is available at (303) 405-4761 or go to the Denver Mint website.
The Denver Mint
320 West Colfax Avenue
Denver, Colorado 80204-2693