The Denver Mint is a branch of the United States Mint that struck its first coins on February 1, 1906. The mint is still operating and producing coins for circulation, as well as mint sets and commemorative coins. Coins produced at the Denver Mint bear a D mint mark (not to be confused with the mark of the Dahlonega Mint). The Denver Mint is the single largest producer of coins in the world.
The predecessors of the Denver Mint were the men of Clark, Gruber and Company. During the Pikes Peak Gold Rush, they coined gold dust brought from the gold fields by the miners. In 1858, Austin M. Clark, Milton E. Clark and Emanuel Henry Gruber founded a brokerage firm in Leavenworth, Kansas, and then established an office in Denver at the beginning of the Colorado Gold Rush. Desiring to save on shipping and insurance costs associated with shipping gold back east, the firm opened a private mint. On 25 July 1860, the mint opened in a two-story brick building on the corner of Market and 16th Streets, minting $10 gold pieces at the rate of "fifteen or twenty coins a minute". "On the face is a representation of the peak, its base surrounded by a forest of timber and 'Pikes Peak Gold' encircling the summit. Immediately under its base is the word 'Denver', and beneath it 'Ten D.'. On the reverse is the American Eagle encircled by the name of the firm 'Clark, Gruber & Co.', and beneath the date, '1860'.": 26–27
|Monday||8:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Tuesday||8:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Wednesday||8:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
|Thursday||8:00 AM – 3:30 PM|
Joseph Perucki | Apr 28, 2018
Read the rules before going in, there are a lot of restrictions to what you can and can't bring in with you. The tour itself is not great. You can overlook the facilities, and the tour guide along with videos explain the process. They are knowledgeable and will answer any questions. There were three rooms which you could go into (the entire groups goes as one), and I felt that I had more time than was necessary in each room. It was interesting and felt like I should see the mint while in town, but it was far from the most interesting place I have been.
Jacob Fahrenbruch | May 3, 2018
The tour was pretty lame. Don't really get to see how anything is made. Just the outside of the machines. Our excellent tour guide Jason was the only reason the tour was bearable.
Hassan Barzani | Feb 14, 2018
The United States Mint Museum is amazing in the Heart of Downtown Denver. Lots of terrific history. Can’t wait to come back again soon. Keep up the great customer service work as well!
Kah Chong | Mar 5, 2018
Very interesting and entertaining tour. Highly recommended. Thanks Jason. Arrived at 8:15 to pick up my ticket for the 9:30 tour and spent time in the gift shop watching a 20min video about the Mint.
Dexter Butler | Feb 22, 2018
This is one of the most unique and fun experiences in Denver. The tours are fun and the tour guide/securiry are in great spirits with a ton of interesting information. The tour itself is fairly short at around 40 minutes, and you will want to chat with staff and do some self-guided touring with displays yourself if you want the full experience, but its worth the time. The tour is free, and they were also giving out free unpressed and pressed pennies as souveniers, it is like they pay you to tour! The wait was the worst part since tour space is limited (it get's pretty cramped), but it was an experience I would gladly repeat.
Alexander Rothschild | Jul 17, 2018
Very underwhelming for all the effort involved to get in. The truth is - coin making is no longer an artisan craft. All you see is the final product pouring out from a single machine that does everything. And from a considerable distance. Security is very tough but allegedly due to 74 train cars of gold stored in the building, and not due to the coin making process. Tickets do go fast. At 7:08am it was all over and done. Plan not to have a backpack with you. After you pickup your ticket, go across the lawn and do a free guided tour of a very impressive capitol building.
Christa Wendling | Jun 14, 2018
I highly recommend touring the Denver Mint. It's free and it's one of two US Mints that you can tour. I arrived at 10:30 and was able to get the last two tickets for the 2:00 pm tour. They even had more tickets for the 3:00 pm tour. (There are several things to do in the area if you need to kill time before your tour. The State Capitol Building is close and also does free tours every half hour without tickets.) You are asked to come back 30 minutes before your tour starts to go over rules and get everyone through the metal detector. The rules were pretty simple: Don't bring weapons, purses, bags, lighters, or cameras. You can bring your phone, but they ask that you turn it off for the tour. No strollers are allowed, however it's recommended for kids 7 and up. The tour itself was fairly short, 30 minutes. The tour guides were both informative, but definitely ask questions. I thought they were thorough, but they offered interesting details if you asked.
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