For someone who has never seen the coin making process in person before, this was incredible. The stamping machines are outputting at a rate of about 750 coins per minute and we honestly lost track of how many machines were in operation. It was a bunch.
The original facility was built/completed in 1906 and much of that section remains very much intact. The assay office windows still exist, as does a shooting gallery setup that used to accommodate a guard armed with a tommy gun. Beautiful 107 year old tile and light fixtures adorn much of the old section. Original old wooden wheeled heavy duty "wagons" that were used for coin and metal transport within the facility remain today as well. I should also mention the $1.5 million gold bar on display. You cannot touch, but it is certainly one of the more memorable aspects of the tour!
If you want to see a great piece of U.S. history with a fascinating glimpse at the technologically advanced methods of coin making today, you will love this tour!