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United States Mint

801 Ninth Street NW., Washington, DC 20220


DIRECTOR (vacancy)
Principal Deputy Director M. Rhett Jeppson

Chief Counsel Jean Gentry
Chief of Staff Elisa Basnight

Deputy Director, Management David A. Motl, Acting
Deputy Director, Manufacturing and Quality / Chief Operating Officer Richard A. Peterson

The establishment of a mint was authorized by act of April 2, 1792 (1 Stat. 246). The Bureau of the Mint was established by act of February 12, 1873 (17 Stat. 424), and recodified on September 13, 1982 (31 U.S.C. 304, 5131). The name was changed to United States Mint by Secretarial order on January 9, 1984.

The primary mission of the Mint is to produce an adequate volume of circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces and sells numismatic coins, American Eagle gold and silver bullion coins, and national medals. The Fort Knox Bullion Depository is the primary storage facility for the Nation's gold bullion.

The U.S. Mint maintains sales centers at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints and at its headquarters on 9th Street in Washington, DC. Public tours are conducted, with free admission, at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints.

Sources of Information


The artistic infusion program enriches and invigorates coin and medal designs by contracting with a pool of American artists from diverse backgrounds and having a variety of interests. These artists collaborate with the Mint's sculptor-engravers to create and submit new designs for U.S. coins and medals.

Bullion Dealers

The Mint's Web site features a locator tool for finding U.S. Mint bullion sellers by city and State or by ZIP Code.

Business Opportunities

Contact the facility head of the appropriate field office or call the contracting and vendor department. Phone, 202-354-7820.

Educational Resources

The Mint's Web site offers learning resources for children, educators, and parents.


The Mint offers a wide range of career opportunities. An innovative, progressive bureau in the Department of the Treasury, it operates six facilities nationwide and employees professionals with backgrounds in financial management, information technology, manufacturing, protection, sales and marketing, workforce solutions, and other fields.


The U.S. Mint operates four mints (CA, CO, NY, PA), one depository (KY), and maintains its headquarters in Washington, DC.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The FOIA gives the right of requesting access to documents or records maintained by the Mint to any person. Some information, however, is shielded from request and disclosure by the statute.

The Mint's electronic reading room contains records that are commonly requested under the FOIA.


The H.I.P. Pocket Change Web site features a glossary.


The Mint's Web site features a section on the Mint's history and work.

The bureau's Web site features a timeline of the Mint that stretches from the 18th to 21st century.

How Are Coins Made?

The Mint's Web site features an animated overview of the six-step coin manufacturing process: blanking, annealing, upsetting, striking, inspecting, and counting and bagging.

Image Libraries

High-resolution images of coins and medals are available on the Mint's Web site. For information on the use of these images, contact the Office of Licensing. Phone, 202-354-7350. Fax, 202-756-6585. | Email:

The high-resolution images in the historical image library represent commemorative, circulating, and bullion coins from current and previous programs. For information on the use of these images, contact the Office of Licensing. Phone, 202-354-7350. Fax, 202-756-6585. | Email:


National medals commemorate significant historical events or sites and honor individuals whose superior deeds and achievements have enriched American history or the world. Some national medals are bronze duplicates of Congressional Gold Medals that Congress authorizes under separate Public Laws, and others are produced under the Secretary of the Treasury's authority to strike them.


The Mint posts news releases on its Web site.

Numismatic Services

The United States Mint maintains public exhibit and sales areas at the Philadelphia and Denver Mints and at its headquarters in Washington, DC. Brochures and order forms for official coins, medals, and other numismatic items are available online.

Production / Sales

The Mint produces circulating coins for commerce, numismatic coins for collectors, and bullion coins for investors. Quantities are measured in terms of production figures when referring to circulating coins, sales figures when referring to numismatic products, and sales and mintage figures when referring to bullion.


Annual reports are available online in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Special reports are available online in Portable Document Format (PDF).


The Mint returned $550 million in seigniorage—the difference between the face value and the manufacturing cost of a circulating coin—to the Department of the Treasury's general fund in 2015. This amount was more than double the amount that it returned in 2014. The Mint publishes seigniorage information each year in its annual report.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.


The Mint has made significant progress toward achieving sustainability goals. Achievements include reducing its direct greenhouse gas emissions and water consumption and increasing its solid waste diversion rate.

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