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Gold, Gold and More Gold: Inside The West Point Mint

Yesterday I had the opportunity to photograph inside the West Point branch of United States Mint. The West Point Mint is main facility for the production of all gold, silver and platinum bullion and proof coins for the U.S. government. Its a pretty surreal experience to see the huge amount of precious metal coins that they were making that day.

But the most out of this world part of the day was when I was taken into vault where they keep the gold bars that will be turned into coins. I’ve never seen anything like it in real life. Each bar contains approximately $500,000.00 worth of gold at recent prices.

I also have to say that the people who work at West Point are some of the friendliest folks I’ve dealt with, and I can’t thank them enough for giving me a few hours in the place.

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

NY: Gold and Silver Coin Production at the West Point Mint

Made In America: Money

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.

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

PA: Coin Production At The Philadelphia Mint

Makin’ Money

This week I got to visit the Bureau of Engraving and Printing here in DC. They were doing a run of the new $100 bills that are due to be released in October. Its always kind of fun being in a room with more money than I will ever hope to possess in my entire lifetime. Sadly there were no souvenirs to be had.

DC: Printing The New US $100 Bill

DC: Printing The New US $100 Bill

DC: Printing The New US $100 Bill

DC: Printing The New US $100 Bill

DC: Printing The New US $100 Bill

DC: Printing The New US $100 Bill

DC: Printing The New US $100 Bill