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United States Mint free

320 West Colfax Avenue | Denver, CO 80204-2693 | Official website
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  • Type: Sightseeing, Tours
  • Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Facilities: 3.0 (3.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Even if you hate the sound of excess change rattling around your pockets, you'll find a tour of the Denver branch of the United States Mint to be an interesting way to spend an hour or so. Having opened in 1863, its original purpose was to transform the Gold Rush's gold dust and nuggets into bars. Forty-one years later, the Mint began to manufacture gold, silver and copper coins. Today, the U.S. Mint in Denver can produce up to 50 million coins a day.

A free guided tour of the U.S. Mint in Denver will allow you the opportunity to learn more about each stage of coin production, from the design and sculpting of each piece to the cutting of each type of coin. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The machines that make the coins are amazing, and the tour provides an excellent view of them from a catwalk-type floor [...] that allows you to look at them from above." However, some recent tour participants note that the walk-throughs can get a little boring at times.

You'll find the U.S. Mint in downtown Denver near the Denver Art Museum. You can easily get there on foot from from the Capitol Hill area and LoDo, or you can hop aboard the Nos. 9, 16 or 52 buses — all of which stop within walking distance of the mint. Admission to the U.S. Mint is free, but you'll need to contact the mint in advance to reserve your spot on a tour. The mint is open to visitors Mondays through Thursdays (excluding national holidays); tours are offered every 90 minutes beginning at 8 a.m. with the final tour departing at 3:30 p.m. You must arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your tour time in order to clear security. You are not allowed to carry any handbags, backpacks, strollers, food or beverages with you when you tour the facility. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit U.S. Mint's website.

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