SF Mint Articles and Photos

Articles and photos showing how the U.S. Mint at San Francisco produces coins, including preparing coin blanks, preparing coin dies, pressing coins and packaging the coins into proof sets.

San Francisco Mint Coin Production PhotosWelcome back to the seventh and last article in a series about the U.S. Mint at San Francisco.

Actually, this last piece really isn’t an article. It’s all of the San Francisco Mint photos presented in a larger format and in the order they were shown in the previous articles […]


U.S. Mint at San Francisco, Packaging Coins and QAWhen you think about the United States Mint at San Francisco, your mind likely draws images of proof coins and sets that it has made for decades.

When I was given an opportunity to visit any one of the four U.S. Mint’s production facilities, those images and the lure of the SF Mint’s history of collectible coinage proved irresistible. But more goes on there than producing coins […]


U.S. Mint at San Francisco, Coining Press RoomPressed penny machines… You gotta love them. Stick a penny into the slot, pick your design, start cranking, crank some more and then a little more. Eventually, out pops your flattened souvenir.

The mechanics are kind of similar with presses at the U.S. Mint at San Francisco, but the scope of Mint presses are obviously quite different and blazingly fast […]


U.S. Mint at San Francisco, Preparing Coin DiesWhat is a coin die? In the world of Play-Doh, dies would be the plastic shapes kids use to mold their imaginary toys. In the real world at the U.S. Mint at San Francisco, dies create more than 20 million proof coins a year to generate tens of millions of dollars in revenue.

Before we jump into the photo presentation about how the San Francisco Mint prepares coin dies for minting […]


U.S. Mint at San Francisco, Preparing Coin BlanksA fortress-like exterior, a myriad of underground vaults, cool machines, gadgets and an assortment of coins make for an intriguing tour of the U.S. Mint at San Francisco.

But it’s the people there that hang onto your thoughts as you walk out of the building. The talent pool at the SF Mint is exceptional. It’s clear […]


Under the U.S. Mint at San FranciscoTake a few seconds… picture a labyrinth of underground vaults filled with silver, copper and other precious things… That’s what I saw under the United States Mint at San Francisco.

Secured by a door that’d give pause to the Incredible Hulk’s might, I beheld the man cave of all man caves […]


Discovering the U.S. Mint at San FranciscoA coin collector walking around the U.S. Mint facility in San Francisco for the first time is akin to a kid running around in Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. The Mint is like a fortress, but it’s oh so wonderful inside.

Getting there turned into its own mini-adventure with a […]