Collector Basics: Denver Mint traces genesis to private minters of newly mined gold

Coin World introduces new collectors to facilities under U.S. Mint jurisdiction
By , Coin World
Published : 12/31/15
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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.

Legislatively 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.

The federal facility, however, unlike its private predecessor, did not coin any gold as first intended. 

The 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.

Production for circulation began in 1906.

During 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.

Today, the Denver Mint primarily strikes coins for general circulation.

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