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'D' Mint turns 100

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The U.S. Mint at Denver has turned 100.

To commemorate a century of operations, a centennial celebration was held at the facility on Feb. 1.

The centennial commemoration party was called ?100 Years of Change.?

?Happy Birthday to the United States Mint at Denver,? declared U.S. Mint Acting Director David A. Lebryk at the ceremony in the ornate Grand Hallway. ?For 100 years, the U.S. Mint at Denver has manufactured some of the world?s finest coins.?

Attending were over 550 current and former Denver employees and former superintendents. They listened as plant manager Tim Riley read a City of Denver mayoral proclamation from John W. Hickenlooper, declaring ?United States Mint at Denver Day.?

Riley talked about the historical aspects of the Denver Mint. It strikes as many coins in a week as it did in the whole of 1906 and has done as many as 15 billion in a year.

Lebryk and Riley assembled a time capsule to be placed inside the doors of the Italian Renaissance style mint building. It contains a set of 2006 uncirculated coins minted in Denver and a scroll signed by every current employee and a copy of the proclamation.