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The Denver Mint 1906 to Present Day
The Denver Mint in the Old West Days has had a fascinating turn-of-the-century history. The Colorado Gold finds of 1858 brought miners by the thousands to the Rocky Mountains. By this time, the 1830's California Gold Rush was long over.
Miners moved on to the mountains west of Denver where mining towns like Central City, Idaho Springs, and Black Hawk grew up quickly. The influx of a growing population created local demand for a coinage facility.
The Clark, Gruber Private Mint Opens
During the days of wagon trains and covered wagons it was nearly impossible to move heavy Gold Coins and Silver Coins from the San Francisco or New Orleans Mints to Colorado.
The private banking firm of Clark, Gruber & Company first established an assay office and private mint in Denver in 1860. They produced sizeable quantities of all four sizes of Gold Coins to serve the public's needs.
Denver Mint Opens in 1906
It wasn't until February of 1895 that Congress finally established a branch of the United States Mint in Denver. By 1906, coin presses were striking coins of various sizes for release to the American public. The raw Gold and Silver mostly came from the nearby Cripple Creek mining district.
Famous "D" Mint, Denver Mint Gold
From 1906 till 1931, the Denver Mint produced a variety of Gold Coins. Primarily $20 Gold double-eagles were minted for banking settlements and international transactions.
Quarter Eagles were minted for only three years, half eagles and eagles for just seven years while the Double Eagles were struck for fifteen years. There are several rare coin and scarce coin dates of Denver Mint Gold Coins and they have always been popular with serious coin collecting collectors. Today, the Denver Mint branch of the US mint continues to be one of the world's major producers of official legal tender coins.
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