U.S. Mint in Philadelphia Reopens for Public Tours
The United States Mint at Philadelphia reopened its doors for public tours on July 3, 2012, at 1 p.m. The facility has undergone a major set of renovations with new displays, exhibits and artifacts on display. The newly revamped mint showcases its production processes and provides a more interactive experience. New displays include numerous artifacts which tell the story about the history and current structure of the United States Mint, and explain the evolution of the coin minting processes and operations.
In August 2010, the United States Mint embarked on a major endeavor to completely renovate the public tour experience at the Philadelphia facility. Approximately 250,000 people visit the United States Mint at Philadelphia each year. The last time the public tour exhibits were upgraded was more than 40 years ago.
The United States Mint was created by Congress in 1792. This year marks the bureau's 220th anniversary. The United States Mint is the nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.