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U.S. Coin Mint Marks: Did You Know?

Did You Know? - Mint Marks
Dec 10, 2019

A mint mark is a small letter or symbol that is stamped into a coin as it is being made to identify which mint the coin was produced at. Congress created the mint marking process after the first mint branches were created in 1835. If you’re interested in learning more about mint marking, watch this episode of U.S. Money Reserve’s “Did You Know?”

U.S. Coin Mint Marks: Did You Know? – Video Transcription

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A mint mark is a small mark stamped into a coin as it is being made to identify at which meant it was produced. Prior to the recall of 1933; “C” for Charlotte North Carolina, “CC” for Carson City Nevada, “D” was for Dahlonega Georgia and, “O” for New Orleans Louisiana. Today we will find “D” for Denver, “B” for Philadelphia, “S” for San Francisco, and “W” for West Point. Proof coins produced at the West Point mint bear a W mint mark, bullion coins do not have a mint mark.

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In 1999 an undetermined amount of five dollar and ten dollar bullion blanks were run through the proof presses. This resulted in bullion coins bearing the W mint mark. These are known as error coins and are very desirable. In 2006, for the first time in two hundred and fifteen years, The U.S. Mint intentionally struck a coin on special burnished blanks with a W mint mark. This results in a soft matte like finish appearance. These are also commonly referred to as burnished gold American Eagles with W. mint Mark. Call the number below or click on the link in the description to learn more about the value of gold and other precious metals.

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