Celebrate 224 Years of Coins
When the U.S. Mint was created in 1792, Americans were using a variety of coins issued by the states and by foreign countries. Some foreign coinage, especially Spanish reals, was legal tender in the U.S. until the passage of the Coinage Act in 1857. Coins were needed to facilitate trade, but the process by which the first coins were created was much slower than it is today; in the first few years the coins made numbered only in the thousands. By comparison, in 2015 the U.S. Mint shipped 16.151 billion circulating coins.
This year, celebrate our 224th anniversary with our birthday collection – four unique products that exemplify both the U.S. Mint’s artistry and the legacy of our Nation.