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Interesting Facts About the US Mint

Raining? No entrance!

According to the US Mint's rules in 1825, "Visitors may be admitted by permission of an officer to see the various operations of the Mint on all working days except Saturdays and rainy days."

Eagle eye

If you were to visit the Philadelphia Mint, you'd see a 150-year-old eagle. Peter was a real bald eagle who made the US Mint his home. After he died, he was preserved and mounted.

Horse power

The US Mint was initially fueled by horses, oxen and men! The steam-powered coin press wasn't introduced until 1836.

Four times the charm

The Philadelphia Mint is in its fourth building. It is home the original key to the first building as well as a chair that George Washington was thought to have sat on during a visit.

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