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U.S. Mint in Denver

The U.S. Mint in Denver offers free tours during Monday - Thursday.

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About the U.S. Mint in Denver:

The U.S. Mint in Denver is one of four mints in the country producing coins. The other three coin mints are located in Philadelphia, San Francisco and West Point, N.Y. The main U.S. Mint in Washington, D.C., is the only facility in the country to print paper currency.

The U.S. Mint in Denver began producing pennies, dimes, nickels and quarters in 1906. The Denver Mint also produced foreign coins for countries such as Argentina, Mexico and Israel. However, the U.S. Mint has not struck foreign coins since 1984.

Hours and Admission:

Hours:
The U.S. Mint in Denver offers free 90-minute tours of its production facility from 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday - Thursday. No cameras, food, backpacks or weapons are allowed on the tour. Visitors must pass through security screening to enter the Mint. The U.S. Mint in Denver is closed on federal holidays.

Admission:
Admission to the U.S. Mint in Denver is free, but reservations are required for the tours. To make reservations, visit the U.S. Mint website and select a time. The U.S. Mint in Denver no longer offers standby tickets, and all reservations must be made online.

About the Tour:

The free tours are limited to around 50 people per tour, and a Mint guide takes visitors through the production process. Visitors are not allowed on the production floor, but can view machines from windows looking down on the manufacturing process. Security guards accompany tours at all times. Tours are not recommended for children younger than age seven.

After the tour, visitors can purchase Mint merchandise such as T-shirts and piggy banks at the gift shop currently located in a small trailer. However, no coin sales are conducted at the gift shop besides automated machines that exchange dollar bills for $1 coins. To purchase coin sets, visit the U.S. Mint online store.

Directions and Address:

Directions:
The U.S. Mint in Denver is located on West Colfax Avenue near the City & County Building and Denver Police. From I-25, exit on Colfax Avenue and head east toward downtown Denver. The Mint is located between Delaware Street and Cherokee Street.

Address:
The U.S. Mint in Denver
320 W. Colfax Ave.
Denver, CO 80204

Trivia:

  • Each U.S. Mint strikes a mintmark on its coins. Coin enthusiasts can identify coins produced at the Denver Mint by looking for a 'D.'
  • The U.S. Mint was formed on April 2, 1792 with the Coinage Act of 1792.
  • The Denver Mint and Philadelphia Mint are the only U.S. Mints that offer tours.
  • The U.S. Mint in Denver produced the first Congressional Medal.
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