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Vintage Photo of the Second Philadelphia Mint

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This is another find from the Library of Congress.  This photo from around 1900, is the second U.S. Mint building, operating from 1833-1901.  The second Philadelphia Mint, the “Grecian Temple”, was constructed of white marble with classic Greek style columns on front and back.  The second Philadelphia mint pounded out coins through the American Civil War, three presidential assassinations, growth from sea to sea, the telegraph and telephone, and the incandescent light bulb. The nation exploded from 13 million people to 76 million by 1900, and demand soon outpaced production. The second Philadelphia Mint was sold in 1902 and razed the following year. As the demolition proceeded, workmen discovered the long ago forgotten cornerstone buried in 1833. The cornerstone contained a candy jar with a petrified cork. The jar held three coins, a couple of newspapers, and a scroll providing sketchy information on the first mint and the creation of the second. As the final pile of rubble was carted away, the second Philadelphia Mint sadly passed into history. Check out other Coinologist archive photo posts here.

Photos:  The Detroit Publishing Company

Written by Robert L. Wilson

March 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

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