This book chronicles the history of the Denver mint, from its opening in 1906 to the facility currently making the most American coins. The book includes tales of the mint employee who smuggled out gold bars in his wooden peg leg; the armed robbers who escaped with $200,000 after killing a mint guard in 1922; ghosts reported on the third floor; and the 1964 Peace Dollar fiasco. For decades it was the repository for much of the nations gold; the Russians stored 10,000 pounds of it there in during World War II to safeguard it from invading Germans.
The mint remains in its original location, is open to the public and still features some common areas with marble floors, burnished brass, and Tiffany-style lamps. "The grand hall and gallery feel like a fine hotel straight out of the Victorian era," the authors write. This book will be a satisfying read for all curious about the mint, and will likely spark a desire to visit it. Makes a nice gift for a coin collector.
Publication Date: March 31, 2007