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While browsing around the Library of Congress website when I came across some compelling photos of days past.  Illustrious images of old U.S. Mint buildings that I have to share with you. This photo, which was taken around 1908, was our First Mint Building, “Ye Olde Mint.” This mint operated from 1792-1833.  The building is long gone, though a plaque is affixed to the structure where it once stood.  This is the location where the Chain Cent and the Flowing Hair Dollar were minted.  George Washington himself appointed David Rittenhouse the first Director of the United States Mint.  He found the location and saw to the construction of this building, and subsequently two more adjacent buildings.  Who would have thought the power of the U.S. economy would emanate from this building.  Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Photo: Public Domain

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 7, 2011 at 8:08 am

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