There are a few things that you may not know about The United States Mint.
Did you Know?
“5 interesting facts from the United States Mint:
1. Five-cent coins minted from 1942 to 1945 aren’t nickels. The reason is that they don’t have any nickel in them. During that time, the United States Mint used a special wartime alloy of copper (56%), silver (35%), and manganese (9%). That way all the saved nickel could be used in the war effort.
2. Nickels, dimes, and quarters are pickled before they’re minted. Before being struck, the blanks used to make these coins really are pickled. They are soaked in a special chemical solution. This “”pickling”” washes and polishes the blanks.
3. Before the Mint Police, there was a Mint Pup. Old records show that $3 was spent to purchase a watchdog to protect the first Mint in Philadelphia.
4. “”In God We Trust”” was first used on coins during the Civil War. This inscription was added to the two-cent piece of 1864. But it didn’t become necessary to add it to all coins until 1955.
5. Which coin has a real “”life-like”” image? Calvin Coolidge was the first President to have his portrait appear on a coin struck during his lifetime. The historic image was on the obverse of the 1926 Sesquicentennial of American Independence ”