When it comes to the United States Mint, did you know that there have been several branch mints that have been opened in different cities other than Philadelphia? There are several locations across the country, and here are some of them:
Carson City Mint—this was a branch mint found in Carson City Nevada. This Mint primarily made silver coins from 1870 to the early 1890’s due to the vast amounts of silver being mined in that area. Carson City minted coins are easily identified by the “CC” mint mark that they put on them.
The Dahlonega Mint—this is a former branch of the Mint that was based in Dahlonega, Georgia. The coins produced at the Dahlonega Mint bear the “D” mint mark, which is the same mint mark that is used today by the Denver Mint. All the coins from this mint are gold (the $1, $2.50, $3, and $5 denominations were made there). The coins that were made there were made from 1838 to 1861, and this mint was built during the Georgia Gold Rush to help the miners get their gold assayed and minted. This way, they didn’t have to travel to the Philadelphia Mint.
The Denver Mint is another branch mint that struck its first coins on February 1, 1906. The mint is still going strong and producing coins for circulation (as well as mint sets and commerative coins). Like the Dahlonega mint, coins produced at the Denver Mint bear a D mint mark. It has been said that the Denver Mint is the largest producer of coins in the world.
The San Francisco mint—this branch mint was opened in 1854 to serve the gold mines during the California Gold Rush. The mint quickly outgrew its first building and moved into a new one in 1874. This building was also known affectionately as “The Granite Lady”, and this building is one of the few that survived the great San Francisco Earthquake in 1906. It served until 1937, when the current facility was opened.
The New Orleans Mint—this branch mint operated in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1838 to 1861 and then again from 1879 to 1909. When the mint was operating, it produced over 427 million gold and silver coins of nearly every American denomination (this has a total face value of over $307 million). It was closed during most of the American Civil War and Reconstruction. The mint was formally decommissioned by the mint in 1911.
There are several more branch mints that are still open today like the ones at Fort Knox and West Point. Which mint marks have you run across?