Investment and Numismatic Products from the U.S. Mint
Since 1792, the United States Mint has produced circulating coinage and numismatic products at no cost to taxpayers. The U.S. Mint has released proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins, Congressional Medals, and silver, gold, and platinum bullion coins at their six facilities.
Locations include Washington, DC, Philadelphia, West Point, Denver, San Francisco, and the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox.
The United States Mint was created by the Coinage Act of 1792 and became an independent agency in 1799. Seventy-four years later, under the Coinage Act of 1873, the Mint was integrated into the Department of the Treasury, and was eventually governed by the Treasurer of the United States in 1981. That whole time, the U.S. Mint has produced legal tender as well as special edition coins for the United States populace.
Each of the six Mint locations has a different function. Headquarters is in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The largest location, Philadelphia, PA, produces the most coins and is home to the engraving and design departments of the mint. The Denver mint, in addition to producing coins and commemorative items, also creates working dies. The San Francisco branch opened in response to the California Gold Rush, and now produces exclusively proof coins. The West Point branch, opened in 1988, is the newest, and produces the gold, silver, and platinum American Eagle coins.
The final mint location, Fort Knox, is a depository only, and is famously secure. While it doesn’t produce currency, it has coined synonyms for security--”as safe as Fort Knox.”
A variety of coins from the U.S. Mint are available through Provident Metals, including the American Eagle and commemorative silver dollars.