U.S. Coin and Currency Production

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United States Mint

Director: (Vacant since January 2011)
Acting Principal Deputy Director: David Motl

United States Mint Website: www.usmint.gov
United States Mint Online Catalog: catalog.usmint.gov
Telephone Ordering: (800) USA-MINT (872-6498)
TTY Calling: (888) 321-MINT (6498)
Outside the United States: 001-202-898-6468

United States Mint Headquarters
801 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001-4503

  • Sales Counter Open Monday-Friday, 10AM – 4PM except for federal holidays
  • Call (202) 354-6800 for more information

Unites States Mint Kiosk in Union Station
Closed in June 2013. U.S. Mint products may be purchased at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing headquarters visitors center.

United States Branch Mint at Philadelphia
151 N Independence Mall E
Philadelphia PA 19106-1819

  • Tours are available Monday-Friday, 9AM – 3PM except for federal holidays
  • Call (215) 408-0112 for more information

United States Branch Mint at Denver
320 W Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80204-2605

  • Tours are available Monday 9AM–l3PM and Tuesday-Friday 8AM–3PM except for federal holidays. The Visitors’ Information and Sales Center is located on Cherokee Street between 14th & Colfax Avenues.

United States Branch Mint at San Francisco
155 Hermann Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

  • The Mint at San Francisco mints proof and commemorative coins.
  • This branch of the Mint does not offer tours.

United States Branch Mint at West Point

  • Located near the US Military Academy, the West Point Mint facility mints all of the American Eagle bullion coins. It is the nation’s silver bullion depository and is nicknamed “The Fort Knox of Silver.”
  • Because of security concerns, no public tours are available.

United States Bullion Depository
7743 Gold Vault Road
Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121

  • Fort Knox is nation’s gold bullion depository. The U.S. Mint reports that there is 147.3 million ounces of gold on deposit there. Fort Knox is a highly secure and classified facility.
  • “No visitors are permitted, and no exceptions are made,” according to the U.S. Mint

Bureau of Engraving and Printing

Director: Leonard R. Olijar (39th Director)

BEP Website: www.moneyfactory.gov
BEP Online Store: www.moneyfactorystore.gov
BEP Customer Service: (800) 456-3408

Bureau of Engraving and Printing Headquarters
401 14th Street SW
Washington, DC 20228

  • Visitors Center is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM (September-March) and 8:30 AM-7:30 PM (April-August)

Tours:

  • Tours are 45-50 minutes and start every 15 minutes.
  • Tours line up at the Visitors Center Entrance on 14th Street at C Street.
  • Non-Peak Season (September-February), No Tickets Required
  • Hours: 9:00 AM – 10:45 AM & 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Peak Season (March-August), Free Tickets Required (obtained in Visitors Center)
  • Hours: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Large groups (10 or more) with advance reservations tour 11:00 AM-12:15 PM

For more information call or to schedule a group tour: (202) 874-2330 (local) or (866) 874-2330 (toll-free)

Western Currency Facility
9000 Blue Mound Road
Fort Worth, TX 76131

Tours:

  • Tours are on a first come, first served basis.
  • Tours are 45 minutes and start every 30 minutes.

Hours:

  • Non-Peak Season (August through May): Tour and Visitor Center is open from 8:30 AM to 3:30 PM. Tours are from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
  • Peak Season (June & July): Tour and Visitor Center is open from 10:30 AM to 6:30 PM. Tours are from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

For more information call or to schedule a group tour: (817) 231-4000 (local) or (866) 865-1194 (toll-free)

Both facility’s Tours and Visitors Centers are closed on the weekends, federal holidays, and the week between Christmas and New Years Day.


Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve is the central bank of the United States and is the primary customer for the products produced by the U.S. Mint and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.

Board of Governors:

  • Janet L. Yellen, Chairperson
  • Stanley Fischer, Vice Chair
  • Daniel K. Tarullo
  • Jerome H. Powell
  • Lael Brainard

Federal Reserve Website: federalreserve.gov

Federal Reserve Board is located in the Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve Board Building located at 20th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, in Washington, DC.

Tours:

  • Prearranged tours may be made of the Eccles Building for groups of 10 or more at least two weeks in advance. Contact Visitor Services at (202) 452-3324 to make reservations.
  • The public may visit the Eccles Building to view art exhibitions Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM. Reservations are required at least five business days in advance. Contact (202) 452-3778 for more information.

The Federal Reserve is divided into 12 Districts where each bank sets operations parameters for their region. The Federal Reserve officially identifies Districts by number and Federal Reserve Bank city. Serial numbers on currency begin with the corresponding letter of the alphabet to designate the Federal Reserve Bank (e.g., Boston serial numbers begin with an “A”).

  1. Boston (www.bos.frb.org)
  2. New York (www.newyorkfed.org)
    New York Bank serves the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  3. Philadelphia (www.philadelphiafed.org)
  4. Cleveland (www.clevelandfed.org)
  5. Richmond (www.richmondfed.org)
  6. Atlanta (www.frbatlanta.org)
  7. Chicago (www.chicagofed.org)
  8. St. Louis (www.stlouisfed.org)
  9. Minneapolis (www.minneapolisfed.org)
  10. Kansas City (www.kansascityfed.org)
  11. Dallas (www.dallasfed.org)
  12. San Francisco (www.frbsf.org)
    San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank serves Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
    Seattle Branch of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank serves Alaska.

United States Commission of Fine Arts

Established in 1910 by an Act of Congress, the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts’ (CFA) primary purpose is to provide advice on “matters of design and aesthetics” to the architectural designs for federal properties within District of Columbia with the exception of the Capital, Library of Congress, and congressional offices managed by the Architect of the Capital. Since the competition for the design that became the Peace Dollar in 1920, the CFA has provided advice on the design of coins and medals.

Website: www.cfa.gov

CFA maintains offices at the National Building Museum (www.nbm.org)

401 F Street NW, Suite 312
Washington, DC 20001-2728

  • CFA meetings are held the third Thursday of each month
  • CFA Board meetings are held the first Thursday of each month
  • No meetings are held in August
  • CFA meetings are in Suite 312 of the National Building Museum and are open to the public

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee

The Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee (CCAC) was established in 2003 officially to advise the U.S. Mint and the Secretary of the Treasury on the designs of U.S. coins and medals. Although the CCAC is supposed to be more representative of the people through its diverse membership that includes numismatists and artists, they duplicate the work of the Commission of Fine Arts and many times disagree on their recommendations. CCAC was preceded by the Citizens’ Commemorative Coin Advisory Committee (CCCAC) that was formed in 1992 to advise the Department of the Treasury and congress as to what commemoratives to issue as well as advise on coin and medal design. The CCCAC was instrumental in convincing congress to pass the 50 State Quarters Program.

Website: www.ccac.gov
The CCAC can be contacted through the U.S. Mint Headquarters in Washington, DC.

Citizens Coinage Advisory Committee
801 9th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20220

Email address: info@ccac.gov

  • Recorded meeting information line: (202) 354-7502
  • Meetings are held monthly mainly at the U.S. Mint Headquarters
  • Some meetings are held at American Numismatic Association shows and during the ANA Summer Seminar in July
  • The U.S. Mint issues press releases announcing when CCAC meetings will occur

Secretary of the Treasury

The Secretary of the Treasury has oversight over all Department of Treasury functions including that of the U.S. Mint, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Treasurer of the United States. The Secretary of the Treasury and Treasurer of the United States’ signatures appears on all Federal Reserve Notes.

Secretary of the Treasury: Steven T. Mnuchin (77th secretary)

Website: www.treasury.gov

Department of the Treasury
1500 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20220

General Information: (202) 622-2000


Treasurer of the United States

The Treasurer of the United States primary responsibility is the direct oversight over the U.S. Mint, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the Bullion Repository at Fort Knox. The Treasurer is a key liaison with the Federal Reserve and serves as a senior advisor to the Secretary of the Treasury in the areas of community development and public engagement. The Treasurer’s signature appears with the Secretary of the Treasury’s signature on all Federal Reserve Notes.

Treasurer of the United States: Vacant


United States Secret Service

U.S. Secret Service

The Secret Service was created on July 5, 1865 in Washington, DC, in response to the reports that one-third of the currency in circulation was counterfeit. Secretary of the Treasury Hugh McCulloch swore in William P. Wood as the bureau’s first chief. As one of the few federal law enforcement agencies and other agencies’ lack of manpower, the Secret Service began to investigate all crimes under federal jurisdiction from gambling to bank robbery to murder. After the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901, Congress informally requested that the Secret Service provide presidential protection. A year later, the Secret Service assumed full-time responsibility for presidential protection.

Much of the Secret Service’s responsibilities later given to other agencies as their full-time mission. Today, the Secret Service concentrates on financial crimes including investigating currency and security counterfeiting and major financial fraud. It is also the primary agency responsible for the protection of the President, past Presidents, Vice Presidents, presidential candidates, visiting heads of state, and foreign embassies.

The Secret Service was transferred from the Department of Treasury to the newly established Department of Homeland Security on March 1, 2003.

Director: Joseph P. Clancy (24th director), announced his retirement as of March 4, 2017

Website: www.secretservice.gov
245 Murray Ln
Washington, DC 20223

Office of Government and Public Affairs: (202) 406-5708

To find a field office to report counterfeit currency, threats, fraud, and other financial crimes, visit their website at www.secretservice.gov/contact/field-offices

Page last updated: February 26, 2017

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