The United States Mint currently operates the following facilities across the United States:
Check out our interactive timeline for information about all the facilities that the Mint has operated over the years and what was happening at that time.
When the United States government began minting coins in 1792, the original United States Mint facility in Philadelphia was hard-pressed to produce enough currency for our small country.
As the country grew and the demand for coins increased, it became necessary to expand Mint facilities. This expansion was further fueled by the discovery of gold, first in the Southeast and later in the West, and the need for hard currency which caused people to mint their own gold coins. In the mid-nineteenth century, additional mints were opened in Charlotte, NC; Dahlonega, GA; New Orleans, LA; and San Francisco, CA. In 1870, the Carson City, NV Mint opened, and in 1904 the Denver, CO Assay Office became a mint facility. Today, in order to keep our economy flowing smoothly, the United States Mint maintains facilities in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point, and a bullion depository in Fort Knox, KY.
The number of coins minted today is astounding. Denver and Philadelphia can each produce tens of millions of coins every day. Manufacturing the coins to meet the needs of the United States requires a tremendous amount of natural resources. That is why the United States Mint had embarked on projects to reduce our energy, water and material use during coin production. Learn more about the United States Mint's sustainability efforts.
The stories behind each of the United States Mint facilities are fascinating, too. Following is a list of the activities and responsibilities for each current United States Mint facility:
Headquarters, Washington, D.C.:
Policy formulation and central agency administration; program management; research and development; marketing operations; customer services and order processing; business unit management, all www.usmint.gov website services.
Sculpting-engraving of U.S. coins and medals; production of medal and coin dies; production of coins of all denominations for general circulation; production of regular uncirculated coin sets; production of commemorative coins as authorized by Congress; production of medals; and conducting of public tours.
Production of coins of all denominations for general circulation; production of coin dies; production of regular uncirculated coin sets; production of commemorative coins as authorized by Congress; and the conducting of public tours; and storage of gold and silver bullion.
San Francisco, California:
Production of regular proof coin sets in clad and silver; production of commemorative coins as authorized by Congress.
West Point, New York:
Production of all uncirculated and proof one-ounce silver bullion coins, and all sizes of the uncirculated and proof American Eagle gold bullion and platinum coins and the 24-karat one ounce American Buffalo Gold Bullion Coin; production of commemorative coins as authorized by Congress; storage of silver, gold, and platinum bullion.
Fort Knox, Kentucky:
Storage of U.S. gold bullion.
Please refer to the Mint Tours pages for details regarding tour information of our Denver and Philadelphia facilities... or you can visit How Coins Are Made and learn all about the United States Mint's coin making process.