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 Posted 09/20/2022  9:16 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add silviosi to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I post to day the S, D and W videos from Mint about theirs facilities and how the coins are strike and etc.

Next I prepare for P and Fort Knox but not yet I have approvals to publish on forums. Also the Dies production in Modern era and a History of the MM will follow.

SAN FRANCISCO

1849 -

1849: California Gold Rush begins
The California Gold Rush begins, following the discovery of gold the previous year. Thousands of people pour into the state.

The gold is shipped to the Philadelphia Mint to produce coins, a long and dangerous journey.

1852: Congress approves a CA branch Mint
July 3 - Congress approves legislation establishing a branch Mint in California. The Treasury Secretary chooses San Francisco for the location.

1854: San Francisco Mint opens
April 3 - The San Francisco Mint opens to accept deposits from miners. It produces $4,084,207 in gold coins in the first year.

San Francisco's "S" mint mark is the oldest mint mark still in use by the U.S. Mint.

1874: San Francisco Mint moves to second location
November - The Mint outgrows its small building and moves to a larger facility at 5th and Mission Streets. The building resembles an ancient Greek temple.

1906: San Francisco earthquake and fire
San Francisco is hit by an earthquake that devastates the city. The Mint building, with its solid construction, survives the earthquake and ensuing fire with only damage to its gas works, which halts coin production for a time.

The Mint is the only financial institution capable of operating immediately after the disaster and becomes the treasury for disaster relief funds, performing other emergency banking services as well.

Coining resumes after the gas works are reconstructed.

1937: San Francisco Mint moves to third location
The San Francisco Mint moves to its third, and current, location.

1955: Coining pauses
The San Francisco Mint ceases coin production for 10 years.

1961: Old Mint becomes National Historic Landmark
The old San Francisco Mint building is designated a National Historic Landmark. It is one of the best surviving examples of Federal classical revival architecture in the country.

1962: San Francisco designated an assay office
Congress officially changes San Francisco facility's status to an assay office.

1965: Coining resumes
September - The Coinage Act of 1965 allows the San Francisco Assay Office to produce coins. It starts making pennies in September.

1968: Proof coin production starts
San Francisco Mint assumes all proof coin production from the Philadelphia Mint.

1972: Old Mint restoration begins
The restoration of the old San Francisco Mint, known as the "Granite Lady," begins. The basement and first floor open to the public as a museum from 1973 to 1994.

1988: San Francisco once again a Mint
San Francisco regains its status as a Mint.

2015: Robotics loop installed
Installation finishes on a robotics loop that triples the speed of proof coin set packaging.

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DENVER
1858 - Present

1858: Gold discovered in Colorado
July - Gold is discovered in Colorado (then part of Kansas Territory), beginning the Pikes Peak Gold Rush.

The city of Denver is founded four months later when miners and settlers flock to the area.

1862: Congress establishes a Denver Mint
April 21 - Congress establishes a branch Mint in Denver exclusively for gold coinage. The government buys the building of Clark, Gruber & Company - a private mint located at 16th and Market Streets - for $25,000.

1863: Denver facility opens as an assay office
The Denver facility opens as an assay office. Miners bring their gold for melting, refining, assaying, and casting into bars.

The facility doesn't produce gold coins, as originally intended.

1895: Denver Assay Office becomes a Mint
February 20 - Congress converts the assay office back into a branch Mint and authorizes Denver to produce gold and silver coins. However, coin production doesn't start until 1906.

1904: Denver Mint moves to new building
The Denver Mint moves to a second building on West Colfax Avenue, where it's still located today. The building is modeled after the Medici-Riccardi Palace in Florence, Italy.

The government purchased the site in 1896 for $60,000 and construction began two years later.

1906: Coin production begins
February - The Denver Mint starts producing coins. By the end of the year, it produces 2,132,250 gold and silver coins, valued at $17.9 million.

1922: Gangsters steal $200,000 in $5 bills
December 18 - Gangsters steal $200,000 in five-dollar notes from a truck parked outside the Mint, in what is known as the "Great Mint Robbery." At the time, the Denver Mint stored paper money for the Federal Reserve.

1934: Denver receives a third of the country's gold
August 31 - The first of 20 shipments of gold bars (for a total of 57 million ounces) arrive from the San Francisco Mint for safekeeping.

Today, the Denver Mint stores 17.5% of the country's gold reserves.

1972: Denver Mint added to National Register of Historic Places
February 1 - The National Park Service adds the Denver Mint to the National Register of Historic Places.

2000: Record coin production
The Denver Mint produces 15.4 billion coins in fiscal year 2000, more coins than ever produced by a single U.S. Mint facility.

2006: 100th anniversary of coin production
February 1 - The Denver Mint celebrates 100 years of producing coins at the West Colfax Avenue facility. It is the oldest continually operating U.S. Mint facility./quote]

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History:
1938 - Present

1938: West Point Bullion Depository opens
June - Construction is complete on the West Point Bullion Depository in New York. It is built to store silver bullion. It sits on four acres of land near the West Point Military Academy's old North Gate.

1942: Loans silver under the Lend-Lease Program
West Point plays a pivotal role during World War II, loaning silver to the Atomic Energy Commission, industry, and our allies under the Lend-Lease Program.

1973: Produces pennies
West Point produces pennies from 1973 to 1986 to reduce production pressure on the other facilities.

1976: Produces Bicentennial quarters
West Point produces Bicentennial quarters that celebrate the 200th anniversary of America's independence. They are produced on a new press that strikes four coins at once.

1980: Begins producing gold medals
West Point begins producing gold medals.

Shortly afterward, approximately $20 billion worth of gold is stored in its vaults, making it second only to Fort Knox for gold storage.

1988: West Point becomes a Mint
March 31 - The West Point Bullion Depository becomes the West Point Mint.

1997: First platinum bullion coins
West Point strikes the first American Eagle Platinum Bullion coins.

2000: Produces first bi-metallic coin
West Point produces the first gold and platinum bi-metallic coin, the Library of Congress Commemorative Bi-Metallic Ten Dollar Coin.

2002: Renovations complete on a second story
West Point adds a second story to its building, more than doubling in size from 44,000 square feet to 94,000 square feet.

2017: First palladium bullion coins
West Point strikes America's first palladium coins as part of the American Eagle Palladium Bullion program.

2019: "W" mint mark on circulating quarters
West Point produces 10 million 2019 America the Beautiful Quarters - two million of each of the year's five designs - for circulation. It's the first time the "W" mint mark has appeared on circulating coins.
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 Posted 09/20/2022  10:39 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add silviosi to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Wellcome DEAR, hope in video you pic the feeders fingers which are for Horizontal strike 3 mm high.
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Loved the video tour Silviosi. Thanks.
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More to come PETE. Just OK from the Mint miss me, to post more and hope help many. Like I say I want to put the true of the MM, but I wait for the OK, hope next week will be OK and we will find something which never was say by any meanings. I like to share, PH defaults, I will not take with me in the grave without.
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Very comprehensive and wonderful US numismatic knowledge.Thank you! Silvio.
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Thank you, CHGK hope help you in a matter.
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Most informative, thanks!
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Very interesting. Thank you
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Wow thanks silviosi!
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