United States Mint
Philadelphia was the site of the first United States Mint, created in 1792. Creation of a uniform currency in the new nation was not an easy task. The former colonies each had their own currency, and there was some mistrust in the notion of a federal government and single currency.Legend has it that George Washington contributed his family silver for the first coins.
Built in 1969, the current Philadelphia Mint is the fourth location of the mint. This mint is the largest in the country and produces only coins. In a typcial day, over 30 million coins are made.
Location:151 North Independence Mall East
Tours are open to the public M-F 9am to 3pm on a first come, first serve basis.
Visitors entrance is on 5th Street between Arch and Race Sts.
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