First U.S. Mint

Did you know on April 2, 1792 Congress authorized the first U.S. Mint in Philadelphia?

The Philadelphia mint was the third government building built in the city in 1792.  It has moved three times with the last time in 1969.  The Philadelphia mint is known as the “mother mint” and for decades was the only mint.  Therefore it produce coins without a mint mark.  After the New Orleans mint was opened in 1838, the process began of putting a mint mark on coins.

Today, the Philadelphia mint has the capacity to make over 32 million coins per day.  It is the largest mint in the world.  The Philadelphia mint also produces Bronze Stars and Purple Hearts awarded to military heroes.  The mint is located on 5th and Arch Streets.

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