The first U.S. Mint opened in 1792 at 7th and Arch Street, just two blocks from the current facility. Even though the U.S. capital moved from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C., in 1800, the manufacture of coins and medals stayed primarily in Philadelphia for the past two centuries.
The U.S. Mint in Philadelphia allows visitors to take free, self-guided tours of the facility, where they can watch the actual coining operations from 40 feet above the factory floor; and see amazing historic artifacts, including the nation's first coining press; the Key to the First Mint; Peter the Mint Eagle, a real Bald Eagle who made the First United States Mint his home; and the actual gold medal presented to General Anthony Wayne for his capture of Stony Point during the Revolutionary War.
Please note: Adults will be asked to provide government-issued photo identification for security purposes. All visitors are required to enter through a metal detector. The United States Mint reserves the right to deny access to anyone at any time; in addition, members of the general public wishing to tour the facility may be subject to search by the United States Mint Police. Photography, smoking, eating and drinking are prohibited.