Philadelphia Sights

United States Mint

  • 151 N. Independence Mall E Map It
  • Old City

Published 02/01/2016

Fodor's Review

The first U.S. mint was built in Philadelphia at 16th and Spring Garden streets in 1792, when the Bank of North America adopted dollars and cents instead of shillings and pence as standard currency; the current mint was built in 1971. During a self-guided tour you can see blank disks being melted, cast, and pressed into coins, which are then inspected, counted, and bagged. Historic artifacts such as the Key to the First Mint and the gold medal awarded to General Anthony Wayne for his capture of Stony Point during the Revolutionary War are displayed. Seven Tiffany glass tile mosaics depict coin making in ancient Rome. A shop in the lobby sells special coins and medals—in mint condition.

Sight Information

Address:

5th and Arch Sts., 151 N. Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA

Map It

Phone:

215-408–0112

Website: www.usmint.gov

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Weekdays 9–4:30
  • The mint is subject to U.S. Homeland Security rules. If the Homeland Security threat is raised to "orange," no public tours will be allowed

Published 02/01/2016

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