The United States Mint was created over 200 years ago, after Secretary of Treasury Alexander Hamilton made plans to form a national Mint. Since it was founded on April 2, 1972, the Mint has grown to generate more than $1 billion in annual revenues and currently employs over 2,200 members. It manufactures more coins, medals and other coin-driven products than any other manufacturer in the world.
The Mint has jurisdiction and aims to protect the country’s $100 billion gold and silver assets, while producing coins and distributing them to the Federal Reserve’s many locations. The Mint is also the primary producer of American proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins, which they make available to the public.
Although it does not have a production facility at its Washington D.C. headquarters, the US Mint has placed a kiosk within Union Station, which showcases and sells the latest commemorative and annual coins that it is currently minting. The kiosk also sells popular new quarters, medals, collector maps, and a variety of coin jewelry. The Mint has a Headquarters Sales Counter as second retail location that sells coins and commemorative items.
While the U.S. Mint headquarters are in Washington, DC, all U.S. coins and medals are minted and implemented at the Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco, and West Point Mints.
Although there is no production facility at the Mint Headquarters in D.C., the US Mint offers a Virtual Tour of all its secure facilities. These virtual tours provide insight on overall coin production - how the Mint makes, sells, and protects US circulating coins, as well as how the design and engraving process works. The United State Mint also offers free tours at its Philadelphia and Denver facilities.