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Review of United States Mint

United States Mint
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Denver City Sightseeing Tour
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Owner description: The United States Mint offers free tours to the public Monday - Friday on the hour from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Mint is closed weekends and all Federal Holidays. Reservations are required and can be made on the www.usmint.gov site. Tours are limited to 50 visitors and fill up fast. Group reservations must be made two weeks in advance by calling 303-405-4759 and are subject to availability. Walk-up tour reservations are available at the Mint Tour Reservation Booth on Cherokee St. The booth is open M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for reservations and stand-by tickets. Stand-by tockets are not a guarentee of admittance to the tour and ticket holders will be admitted on a space-available-basis. With the busy Spring/Summer season walk up reservations may not be available and stand-by tickets will be issued until they run out for the day. Security restrictions are high; a list of prohibited items is available on the Mint's website and on the tour reservation tickets. Plese read these guidlines before arriving for the tour. The Mint does not suppy any storage facilities. The gift shop on Cherokee is closed until further notice. A temporary gift store is set up in the Mint and can be acessed by the tour or through the Delaware Street entrance. Visitors wanting to enter on Delaware Street must check in with the Police Officer at the entrance window and will go through a security check before entering the gift store.
Reviewed December 12, 2013

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!

Thank marlinchaser3
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Reviewed December 11, 2013

You should know that you cannot get a tour of the US Mint without registering in advance. Spots fill up months in advance, but people will sometimes cancel (that's how we got our slots) at the last minute.
There are only two mints in America: Denver and Philly. The one in Denver has a little exhibit which introduces you to money. You are taken to three rooms in the mint to see the work floor where the employees actually press coins for currency. Look at a coin in your wallet sometime. If you see a tiny "D" stamped on it, the coin was minted in Denver. A "P" means Philadelphia.
Be warned: you must stay in the same room as everyone else. Security guards are posted at the exits of every room to make sure no one wanders off. The guides were knowledgeable and told some interesting stories about the mint and the history of creating currency in America.

2  Thank samgreat89
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Reviewed December 10, 2013

Went to the US Mint where they mint coins, very interesting...Guides are very informative and the displays are easy to see into and read. Did not expect to see a display of firearms, but there was one, saw how security used to be and learned about Orville Harrington, the employee with a wooden leg who stole from the mint and who was eventually caught. I will not tell the story and spoil any surprises. This a free tour, that must be booked in advance, I booked 3 months early and did not get the time I wanted! Security is strict, they say no purses and bags and they mean it - the guards will not let you in. There is also a great gift shop. The architecture is great, this is well worth the visit.

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Reviewed November 13, 2013

I grew up in Philly and remember visiting the mint there on school trips. The memory of glowing hot rolls of metal being smoothed and pennies pressed out of it is something that is seared into my brain, Mr. Rogers-how-they-make-crayon films-like. This was pretty lame compared to that. They don't actually punch out the blanks there- they get them shipped from elsewhere (?North Carolina) and then there are machines that press impressions on them. You can't actually see inside the machines. Because of my East Coast jet lag, I was up early this morning and able to make reservations the "day of"-it looks as though cancelled spots are opened up at midnight. Anyhow, I wouldn't cry if you are not able to get in.
More impressive to me was the architecture of this old building with it's Tiffany-like chandeliers. I think I would have enjoyed a talk about that more! Oh yeah, don't bring anything, I mean anything, with you. They screen you within an inch of your life!

1  Thank sazoram
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Reviewed October 17, 2013

Although this is a 45 minute tour (after a 30 minute holding time to begin the tour it could be done in 15 minutes, you basically move through 3 rooms, the tour guides (Joe and Michael were amazing) talk a few minutes in each area, and than you can look at the production floor. We were able to see pennies and dimes pressed.

Do not bring children under the age of about 7, it does not move fast enough for that age.

You have to go through full security, they brag its better security than TSA. The guard that oversees going through the scanning was so rude to one man in our group that people complained to the tour guides. It was an older man and I don't think he heard very well, the guard actually yelled at him and asked if he was "going to be a problem and maybe I should throw you out now". The man was humiliated and I think I would have left. Hope at the end of the day the guard feels remorse over the way he treated an elderly person, it was totally unnecessary.

Regarding reservations - be sure to check back if your date is full, the times and availability seem to change, I only booked this 6 days ahead and got the time we wanted.

3  Thank jancin
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