The $3.9 million face-lift of the public exhibit and tour areas at
the Philadelphia Mint is on target to be completed in time for the
Aug. 7 to 11 American Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in
Philadelphia, according to the U.S. Mint’s deputy director Richard Peterson.
Peterson said during a Jan. 27 telephone interview with Coin
World that the ANA’s summer convention is the targeted deadline
for completion of the renovations, construction and installation of
new, interactive exhibits.
Peterson said he is confident the work will actually be completed
before July 4.
The tour and exhibit areas of the Philadelphia Mint were closed
Jan. 3, but the gift shop remains open, Peterson said.
While the general footprint of the tour and exhibit areas will
remain the same, Peterson said, visitors to the nation’s largest coin
production facility will get a more close-up experience with how U.S.
coins are made on a daily basis once the renovations are complete.
Peterson said the renovations include opening up more window space
for visitors to view the Philadelphia Mint’s main production floor
during the self-guided walking tour.
Designs for the new interactive, video and static displays, with
audio augmentation, are currently being prepared by Quatrefoil, the
Laurel, Md., firm contracted by the U.S. Mint.
Quatrefoil has been working closely with the U.S. Mint’s
historian, curatorial staff and other Mint personnel on the exhibit
design process as well as working with Mint staff to determine which
of the heritage assets currently on display will remain on view, what
pieces will be removed from display and what other items might be substituted.
The current Philadelphia Mint facility opened in 1969 and is the
fourth U.S. Mint facility to be located within the city since the Mint
was established in 1792. ■