When gold was found in Colorado in 1858, hundreds of merchants, miners, and settlers moved in to claim their stake. A year later, Denver was founded, and several years after that, in 1863, the government decided to develop a mint facility here. The Denver Mint is one of two U.S. mints available for public tour, and these fascinating tours cover the extensive history of the mint, (one of Denver’s oldest buildings and cultural mainstays), the present state of coin manufacturing, and the craftsmanship involved in all stages of the minting process. You won’t get another chance like this to watch money actually being made!
Tours of the Denver Mint are free, but security is tight, and an appointment must be made online well in advance. On the day of your tour you must be at the tour entrance no later than 15 minutes before your tour time. Late arrivals are regrettably not admitted. No purses, cameras, or backpacks are allowed in, so travel light.