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U.S. Mint

Posted by on January 31, 2012

Field Trip: U.S. Mint
Location: 151 North Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
Contact: 215-408-0112
Grades: 2nd – High School
Admission: FREE

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About the Museum:

UPDATE: The US Mint will be closed to public tours until the Summer of 2012.

All tours are free and self-guided; no reservations are necessary. The United States Mint is closed on most Federal Holidays. Visitors can see actual coin production. Exhibits and video stations provide information about the United States Mint and its history, coinage and current programs. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The visitors’ entrance is on the corner of Fifth and Arch Streets on Independence Mall.

  • 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 coins. 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.

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