Fun SF Mint Video
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This was produced a few years ago by the local SF PBS station. It shows the SFM making modern US coins and also has a brief view from the 1930s of the SFM making coins for China.

 

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14 minutes ago, DWLange said:

This was produced a few years ago by the local SF PBS station. It shows the SFM making modern US coins and also has a brief view from the 1930s of the SFM making coins for China.

 

Awsome video Mr Lange. Thank you for sharing it with us. Its very informative. 

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28 minutes ago, bsshog40 said:

Cool video David, thanks for sharing.

Here's the 2006 SF Mint Commemorative to the Old Mint "The Granite Lady". 

 

2006 SF MInt Comm.jpg

Beautiful coin. I love how they used the Morgan dollar reverse. I might have to try and find one of those. 

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32 minutes ago, Fenntucky Mike said:

Hadn't seen that one before. 

Any reason, other than the natural topography, why the building is elevated above the other surrounding buildings? Sticks out like a sore thumb. 

That was a question I was thinking as well. Maybe some saftey or security reason perhaps?

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That piece of land was known as Clinton Mound and had been the site of a refugee camp following the 1906 earthquake and fire. It was considered undesirable for development, as the hill was very rocky and would have cost a lot of money to clear. Those very qualities made it ideal for a mint, since the rocky foundation was essentially tunnel-proof. The SF Public Library has a wonderful collection of construction and early operational photos. Here's just a sample of before and during construction:

 

Clinton Mound (Now Mint Hill) Refugee Camp_1906.jpg

Site Of New U. S. Mint Building_1934.jpg

Crowd Watching Construction, Shortly after Ground Breaking_082135.jpg

Construction Of U. S. Mint Building At Market, Buchanan And Duboce_1935.jpg

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Thank you. I love those old historical photographs and the stories behind them. A person can almost put himself there. Wearing one those old hats and the old mustaches with the curls on the ends. I always was a history person. 

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