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The First United States Mint

Part II: PhiladelPhia Mint

EDITOR’S NOTE: This i s the second i n a two-part series about the history of the first United States Mint , l ocated in Philadelphia . It picks up in 1915 and continues through present day. See the Octobe r issue of COINage to enjoy Part I

The modern Philadelphia Mint building, located on Independence Mall. getty images

The great Panama-Pacific International Exposition was highlighted by two massive $50 gold coins that attracted more publicity than sales as their face value was a staggering sum for most Americans of that era. After the interruption of the First World War, commemorative coinage resumed in expanding quantities, reaching a dizzying crescendo in 1936 with dozens of subjects, including many trivial subjects of indifferent design Open-ended issues struck for years after their nominal commemorative date posed one problem (think Boone, Arkansas, Texas, Oregon Trail among others) as did legislative authorizations that stated “to be struck at the Mints of the US,” clearing the way for Mint mark varieties that were ballyhooed to collectors. After World War II the Booker T. Washington and Carver-Washington half dollars helped kill commemorative coinage for nearly 30 years.

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