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United States Mint
151 North Independence Mall East
South Philly
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Cross Street: 26th Street
Hours Of Operation

The United States Mint at Philadelphia is currently CLOSED to public tours because of renovations. Tours will re-open on Tuesday, July 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. (ET)

When the framers of the U.S. Constitution created a new government for their untried Republic, they realized the critical need for a respected monetary system. Soon after the Constitution's ratification, Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton personally prepared plans for a national Mint. On April 2, 1792, United States Mint PhiladelphiaCongress passed The Coinage Act, which created the Mint and authorized construction of a Mint building in the nation's capitol, Philadelphia. This was the first federal building erected under the Constitution. President George Washington appointed Philadelphian David Rittenhouse, a leading American scientist, as the first Director of the Mint. Under Rittenhouse, the Mint produced its first circulating coins -- 11,178 copper cents, which were delivered in March 1793. Soon after, the Mint began issuing gold and silver coins as well. President Washington, who lived only a few blocks from the new Mint, is believed to have donated some of his own silver for minting

  • Gift Shop: Located in the main lobby of the building, the gift shop has United States Mint Coin Sets, commemorative coins, numismatic collectables, books, games, and United States Mint souvenirs.
  • Images: The images in this library are for historical reference. They represent commemorative, circulating and bullion coins from current and previous programs.

    Are you interested in using images or designs of circulating coins, quarters issued under the 50 State Quarters Program, or 2007 Presidential $1 coins issued under the Presidential $1 Coin Program? Please consult the United States Mint

  • Security: Adults will be asked to provide government-issued photo identification for security purposes. If the Department of Homeland Security level is elevated to CODE ORANGE, the United States Mint at Philadelphia will be CLOSED to the public unless otherwise noted. The United States Mint reserves the right to deny access to anyone at any time; in addition, members of the general public wishing to tour the facility may be subject to search by the United States Mint Police.
  • Prohibited: Photography, smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, weapons and large packages. All visitors are required to enter through a metal detector.
  • Parking: The United States Mint does not provide parking.
  • Sculptor: The United States Mint employs an elite team of sculptor-engravers who are entrusted with creating designs and sculptural models for the production of the Nation's coins and medals.
  • All tours are self-guided. No reservations are necessary. Video/Audio stations throughout the tour.
  • View the actual coining operations from 40 feet above the factory floor. Watch as large coils of copper and nickel are fed through large presses which punch out smooth discs called blanks. The coils, when unraveled, are 5 football fields long.  Later, the blanks are poured into the coining presses and become shiny, new United States coins.
  • See the first coining press, used to strike our nation's first coins in 1792. Coiners in colonial Philadelphia worked 11 hours each day, 6 days per week. Employees earned about a dollar a day.
  • Coins were practically made by hand in colonial Philadelphia. In fact, it took coiners at the First United States Mint three years to produce our nation's first 1 million coin Today, in Philadelphia, we can produce 1 million coins in 30 minutes.
  • See the Key to the First Mint, and the Mint Deed signed by President Andrew Jackson. Note the chair and boot scraper from the First Mint and other exciting artifacts.
  • Marvel at the seven glass mosaics created by Tiffany of New York to celebrate the opening of the Third Mint building in 1901. These five foot treasures highlight the coining processes in ancient Rome.
  • Meet Peter the Mint Eagle, a real Bald Eagle who made the First United States Mint his home. Today's Mint artists still study Peter when working on new eagle designs.
  • See the actual gold medal presented to General Anthony Wayne for his capture of Stony Point during the Revolutionary War
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