Sometimes, we forget about the treasures right in our own backyard. If you’ve ever wondered how to make money or have visitors in town, Denver has one of the best experiences right in its back pocket. Established in 1863, the U.S. Mint of Denver produces 50 million coins a day, each one stamped with a little “D.” FREE tours show every step in the process of turning dull, blank metal slugs into shiny pocket change.
Guided tours are offered at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday (no tours on Federal Holidays.) They run about 45 minutes. It’s very important that you note the revised procedure for getting tour tickets.
Tour tickets are available at the Tour Information window located at the Gift Shop entrance gate on Cherokee Street, between W. Colfax Ave. and W. 14th Avenue. The Tour Information window opens at 7 a.m. on Monday to Thursday, and remains open until all tickets have been distributed.
Tickets are for same-day tours only; no advance tickets are available. Tickets are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis and are limited to 5 per person. All visitors must be age 7 or older.
You will need a photo ID and must show your ticket to gain entry. Lost tickets cannot be replaced and are non-transferable.
All visitors must be at the tour entrance located on Cherokee St. 30 minutes before their scheduled tour time. Late arrivals will not be admitted. There is an extensive list of prohibited items, including all purses and bags. The Mint does not provide lockers or storage for any items.
The Mint does not provide parking, but there are meters and pay lots within a few blocks of the Mint. Remember, it’s a government building, so be sure to note all of the security requirements before you visit.
320 W. Colfax Ave., Denver.
For more information about the operating status of Denver Mint tours call 303-405-4761.