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United States Mint

801 Ninth Street NW., Washington, DC 20220


DIRECTORDavid J. Ryder
Deputy DirectorFrancis O'Hearn, Acting

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

Archived Records

The "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States" indicates that Mint records have been assigned to record group 104.


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 website has a locator tool for finding U.S. Mint bullion sellers by city and State or by ZIP Code.

Career Opportunities

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.

Among 411 agency subcomponents, the Mint placed 148th in the Partnership for Public Service's 2020 Best Places To Work rankings.

Coin of the Year

The Mint celebrated its 225th anniversary in 2017. To mark the occasion, it created the 2017 American Liberty 225th Anniversary Gold Coin, which features a modern rendition of Lady Liberty. Emblematic figures of liberty have graced American coins since the Mint's founding in 1792. The newest Lady Liberty is a modern rendition of this iconic figure, who embodies equality and freedom, ideals that the Nation's Declaration of Independence enshrined.

Contact Information

The Mint's "Contact Us" web page has phone numbers and postal addresses. It also provides convenient access to an electronic "Contact Us" form that has a comment box. | Email:

Customer Service

Mint employees work hard to provide exceptional customer service. To contact the Mint, with questions or concerns about shopping, an order, or another matter, please use the "Live Chat" feature or call customer service. Answers to questions also are provided on the "Frequently Asked Questions" web page. Phone, 800-872-6468. | Email:

Educational Resources

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


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

Federal Register

Documents that the Mint recently published in the Federal Register are accessible online.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

To any person, the FOIA gives a statutory right for obtaining access to Government information in the records of executive branch agencies. This right to access is limited, however, when the requested information is shielded from disclosure by any of nine exemptions contained within the statute.

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

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Mint posts answers to FAQs on its website.


The H.I.P. Pocket Change website features a coin glossary.


On April 2, 1792, the U.S. Congress passed the Coinage Act, establishing the first national mint in the United States. Over two centuries later, one of the Federal Government's oldest agencies continues to serve the American public. To learn more about the U.S. Mint, visit its "History" web page.

A timeline of the Mint that stretches from the 18th to 21st century is available online.

How Are Coins Made?

An animated overview of the six-step coin manufacturing process—blanking, annealing, upsetting, striking, inspecting, and counting and bagging—is available on the "Coins" web page..

Image Library

High-resolution images of coins and medals are available on the Mint's website. 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 articles and press releases online. The Mint maintains a public inquiry phone line for its Office of Corporate Communications. Phone, 202-354-7227. | Email:

Online Resources

The "Website Resources" web page has a collection of helpful internal and external links.

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


The Mint returned nearly $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 2020. The Mint publishes seigniorage information each year in its annual report.

Site Map

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

Social Media

The Mint maintains a Facebook account.

The Mint tweets announcements and other newsworthy items on its Twitter account.

The Mint posts videos on its YouTube channel.