The Philadelphia Mint opened its doors to public tours again July 3 following a special ceremony.
Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios, Deputy Mint Director Dick Peterson and Acting Associate Director for Manufacturing Marc Landry joined to reopen the public tour after completion of a major renovation that had begun in August 2010.
“We are very proud to once again welcome the public into our Philadelphia facility home to see how coins and medals are made,” said Peterson.
The views of the production floor are augmented by new displays, exhibits and artifacts, according to the Mint.
Peterson said, “This project is one that showcases our production processes and gives the public a more modern, interactive experience.”
He explained, “Our new tour route and exhibits also proudly tell the American public about the role the United States Mint plays in the financial fabric of our nation,.”
The Mint says that about 250,000 people visit the Philadelphia Mint each year. With the upgraded experience, visitors should come away with a knowledge of the history of the U.S. Mint and an understanding of the coin production process.
It had been more than 40 years since the tour had last been upgraded.
The Mint says no reservations are necessary and tours are self-guided. Hours until the end of August are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
After that time Saturday summer hours cease.
Adults are required to have photo identification.
Telephone (215) 408-0112 for more information.