Last week I was given the opportunity to photograph inside the Philadelphia branch of the United States Mint. I have to say, it was a pretty neat tour. It started with the sculptors who design and make the large plaster models that serve as the template for the stamping dies and continued down to the production floor.
The Philadelphia mint is responsible for producing 50% of the coins in circulation. During my visit the facility was producing an average of 35 millions coins per day.
Unfortunately I couldn’t convince my tour guide to give me a 1 ton bag of pennies as a souvenir.