Editor’s note: This is one in a series of Coin World Collector
Basics posts on facilities under the U.S. Mint’s jurisdiction.
2001, the West Point Mint’s production has been
predominantly dedicated to precious metals coinage production, such as
American Eagle and American Buffalo coins.
as the West Point Silver Bullion Depository in 1938, the facility was
constructed on property once part of the West
Point Military Academy complex. Initially the facility was used
for storage of silver bullion. In 1981 and 1982, when the Treasury
Department closed the New York Assay Office, the gold reserves stored
there were transferred to the West Point facility.
Point struck Lincoln cents without Mint marks in the 1970s and 1980s
to augment circulation production.
West Point Silver Bullion Depository officially became the West Point
Mint on March 31, 1988, under provisions of Public Law 100-274, the same legislation that
also elevated the San Francisco Assay Office to full Mint status as
the San Francisco Mint..
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