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Low Cost Weekend Ideas: United States Mint Tours

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If you happen to live in the Philadelphia or Denver area, both of those Mints offer a free tour of their facilities. Unfortunately those are the only two that offer tours at all. For more information on tours for the Denver facility, click here, and for information on tours for the Philadelphia facility, click here.

Tours cover both the present state of coin manufacturing as well as the history of the Mint. Learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins. (tour information website)

If you’re a resident living in the Washington D.C. area, there is a US Mint Kiosk in Union Station that showcases some of the products for sale but not much else. “The kiosk offers the latest commemorative and annual coins, the popular new quarters, collector maps, medals, and a variety of coin jewelry.”

Folks who don’t live anywhere near any of those can go on a free Virtual Tour, if you have Macromedia Flash 7.

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5 Responses to “Low Cost Weekend Ideas: United States Mint Tours”

  1. I thought the mints were closed to tours after 9-11. I went to the mint in Denver a year or two ago and it was still closed to the public. I suppose that has changed?

  2. jim says:

    They should be open, they’re only closed if the Dept. of Homeland Security threat level is Orange or higher, right now it’s at Yellow.

  3. Patty says:

    Phila’s mint has tours, took kids few months ago. Make sure you have photo ID and you can’t take in camera phones. I ended up waiting outside ( had gone years before) holding complete strangers photo cell phones – must have an honest face.

  4. Kim S says:

    The Denver Mint is only available for tours M-F 8 am to 3 pm, so it doesn’t make a very good weekend activity. 🙁

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