Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Coin World Collector
Basics posts on facilities under the U.S. Mint’s jurisdiction.
The New Orleans Mint was authorized by Congress on
March 3, 1835.
cornerstone of the original three-story structure was put in place in
September 1835. Construction was completed in 1838, with operations
beginning March 8.
first coinage consisted of 1838-O Seated Liberty dimes. The $40,242 face
value in dime production represented the entire coinage output for the
1838 calendar year.
state of Louisiana took control of coinage production on Jan. 31,
1861, using the same staff that was employed under federal control. On
March 31, 1861, control of the facility and its coinage operations was
seized by the Confederate States of America and remained under their
control until close on May 31, 1861.
Union troops recapturing New Orleans on May 1, 1862, control of the
New Orleans Mint returned to federal authority.
facility official reopened its doors on Oct. 23, 1876, as a U.S. Assay Office.
production resumed in 1879, and ceased for the final time in 1909.
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