Watch How Your Money Is Minted
The United Stated Mint not only makes coins to be used as currency but it also makes numismatic products, which are normally used for studies and collections. So if you're an avid collector of coins or are into the study of coins and currency in general, you can buy coins from the United States Mint online where they're available 24 hours a day or you can also visit some locations where coins are actually sold over the counter like the one in the Washington, DC headquarters or the gift shops in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Denver, Colorado.
United States Mint Facilities
Seeing how coins are manufactured will definitely change your perception of the spare change you have in your pocket. It's also an awesome experience to watch the different processes and equipment used in making coins as well as learn about the history of the United States Mint. You can take a tour in the Philadelphia and Denver locations, but you can also visit the other locations just to have a look-see.
This is the first mint facility in the United States. This is where the sculpting and engraving of medals and coins take place. It also produces general circulation coins as well as uncirculated sets and commemorative coins and medals.
Tours are being offered at this facility and guests are given the chance to see how coins are manufactured. Tour hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Monday to Friday except on Federal holidays.
This is where the United States Mint administration is located. Headquarters is responsible for formulating policies, managing programs, research and development, and taking care of customer service and marketing schemes.
This facility also has a somewhat similar function to the Philadelphia mint; the production of general circulation coins, uncirculated sets, and commemorative coins. Tours are also available in this facility every Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. except on Federal holidays.
This is where silver proof and regular proof coins are manufactured exclusively. No tours are allowed in this facility as all the space is used for machinery and personnel.
This facility serves as a depository and makes American Eagle Proof and uncirculated coins in platinum, gold and silver. No tours are allowed here for security reasons.
Used as a storage for the United States' gold reserves and other precious items including silver and gold bullion reserves from other countries.
It's always better to have a more up-close-and-personal experience in seeing how coins are manufactured. But for those who are unable to avail of the Philadelphia and Denver tours, you can still learn about the coin-making process and the history of the United States Mint on their website.