Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Coin World Collector
Basics posts on facilities under the U.S. Mint’s jurisdiction.
Gold was discovered in streams outside Denver in 1858,
the same year the city was founded.
established by Congress on April 21, 1862, the Denver Mint began its fledgling days as a
federal Assay Office in late 1863 in the city's former Clark, Gruber and Co. offices at 16th and Market
streets, which the government had acquired.
federal facility, however, unlike its private predecessor, did not
coin any gold as first intended.
current Denver Mint structure, at West Colfax and Delaware streets,
was constructed beginning in 1897, a year after Congress approved the
construction of a Mint for silver and gold coin production.
for circulation began in 1906.
its first year of production, the Denver Mint struck Coronet gold $5
half eagles, $10 eagles and $20 double eagles, along with silver
Barber dimes, quarter dollars and half dollars.
the Denver Mint primarily strikes coins for general circulation.