How Money is Made
History of How Coins Are Made
The US Mint has a long history. Nine years after the Revolutionary War ended,
Congress passed the Coinage Act creating the United States Mint in 1792.
People in colonial days used a variety of foreign and colonial money. The new
legislation called for a national mint located in the capital; at that time it was
Coins are still minted at the United States Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
However there are three other locations in our country and they are in San
Francisco, California, West Point, New York, and Denver, Colorado. Every year,
the mint makes between 14 and 28 million circulating coins. The coins start as
coils—rolled-up strips of flat metal that are about a foot wide, 1,500 feet long,
and weigh close to 6,000 pounds! That is the weight of a medium size elephant.
The mint makes seven coins—one cent (penny), five cents (nickel), ten cents
(dime), twenty-five cents (quarter), fifty cents (half-dollar) and one dollar
(Presidential and Native American dollars). Do you have all of those in your
pocket or coin purse right now?
There are four phrases that must appear on all coins:
To learn more about the steps in making a coin, visit the virtual tour on the U.S. Mint website.