Take a FREE Tour of the Denver Mint in 2014
Want to see your money being made? Take a FREE Tour of the Denver Mint in 2014 — If you’ve never visited a US Mint, be sure to pencil in time for the Denver Mint, where coins are produced and gold and silver bullion stored. All United States Mint tours are free of charge and guided tours start on the hour and are available from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding federal holidays). You’ll find the process of money-making enlightening, especially when informative tour guides point out intriguing, little-known facts. The Mint Gift Shop offers fun, educational items, including books and money-themed gifts.
Reservations are required for all tours of the United States Mint at Denver. 2014 reservations can be scheduled through this website. A limited number of stand by tickets are available for those without reservations and standby tickets are available daily on a first-come, first-served basis. They are based on no-shows and do not guarantee a tour.
We encourage you to submit your request for a tour as early as possible since a limited number of tours are available. General tour information is available at (303) 405-4761. The Mint accepts same day walk-up tour reservations on a space-available basis, with guided tours offered every hour on the hour.
Since Congress created the United States Mint on April 2, 1792, it has grown tremendously. The United States Mint receives more than $1 billion in annual revenues, and as a self-funded agency, the United States Mint turns revenues beyond its operating expenses over to the General Fund of the Treasury. The United States Mint is a secured facility. All visitors, including children, are subject to a security screening before entering the building. Photography, smoking, eating and drinking are not allowed in the building. In addition, the United States Mint prohibits the carrying of certain items into the facility.
History of the Denver Mint
In 1858, when gold was discovered in Colorado, hundreds of merchants, miners and settlers moved in for their stake. A year later, the city of Denver was founded; and in 1863, the U.S. government established a mint facility there. Today, the United States Mint at Denver manufactures all denominations of circulating coins, coin dies, the Denver “D” portion of the annual uncirculated coin sets and commemorative coins authorized by the U. S. Congress. It also stores gold and silver bullion.
The primary mission of the United States Mint is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. In recent history circulating coin production has varied between 11 billion and 20 billion coins annually. In addition to producing coins, the United States Mint has other responsibilities, including the following:
- Distributing U.S. coins to the Federal Reserve banks and branches.
- Maintaining physical custody and protection of the Nation’s $100 billion of U.S. gold and silver assets.
- Producing proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins, and medals for sale to the general public.
- Manufacturing and selling platinum, gold, and silver bullion coins.
- Overseeing of production facilities in Denver, Philadelphia, San Francisco and West Point, as well as the U.S. Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The United States Mint operates six facilities across the United States with each facility performing unique functions. Current facilities are located in: Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA; West Point, NY; Fort Knox, KY; Denver, CO; and San Francisco, CA.
For information about U.S. paper currency, please contact the Bureau of Engraving and Printing .