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Saturday Trivia: "D" Mint Mark *winner*

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From the begining of US coinage to present time, tell me the number of years that the "D" Mint Mark has appeared on United States Minted coins.


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There's the Dahlonega mint also Wayne that minted gold coins in the mid 1800's. They used a "D" mint mark.



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123 years?


Making guesses to narrow it down is reserved for "The Price is Right" 27_laughing.gif


There are some hard facts out there...dig.

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The coinage Act of 1965 prohibited the use of mint marks for a period of five years. This, together with the date freeze, eliminated distinguishing features on our coins which could tend to cause their removal from circulation during a critical period when the Mint was striving to build up coin inventories. No mint marks appear on coins dated 1965, 1966 and 1967. Congressional authorization permitted resumption of the practice in 1968, at which time the mint marks, usually positioned on the reverse of the coins prior to 1968, were permanently relocated to the obverse side.


So that subtracts 3 years from the 125.... Is it 122?




...During the 24 calendar years of the Dahlonega Mint's service...


The Denver mint started in 1906. Didn't mark any coins in 1965, 1966, or 1967. This is fun!


I see now... 1906-2007 is inclusive. I just did the math wrong. 123 yay

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The "D" mint mark has appeared on US coinage now for the past 126 years...WAIT, revised 3 years due to MunkyMan95's digging, the correct answer is now 123 years...way to go!!!


123Cents you were right until Chad did some thinking.


Dooly...lol you get Honorary US Citizenship for the next 24 hrs.


(see note on bottom, re:correction)


24 years for Dahlonega minted coins, 1838-1861

102 years for Denver minted coins, 1906-2007


Dahlonega, Georgia


In 1871 the U.S. government gave the Dahlonega Mint building to the trustees of North Georgia Agricultural College. In 1873 the students requested that military training be made a part of the school's curriculum, initiating the start of the Corps of Cadets.


The gold coins from the Dahlonega Mint were struck only from 1838 to 1861 in very small quantities. A total of only four sizes of gold coins were ever minted.

The Dahlonega Mint issued its first gold coins in 1838 with the imprint “D” on each coin. The first $5 Liberty "Half Eagles" were struck in January of 1838 in Dahlonega. Over the following 24 years, Gold Dollars, Quarter Eagles, and Half eagles were issued at the Dahlonega Mint. A small quantity of $3 gold pieces were minted in 1854.


The Mint director in Dahlonega supervised a small staff of just three men who took the raw gold from the smelting stage through to the final striking of gold coins. The raw gold was assayed, rolled into sheets, and coined into official legal tender, U.S. gold coins each bearing the official "D" mint mark. At the Dahlonega Mint, dies cracked regularly. Due to a press design flaw often only 600 pieces were coined before both halves of the dies had to be replaced


Denver, Colorado


Appropriations to complete and equip the Denver plant were insufficient, and the transfer of assay operations to the new building were delayed until September 1, 1904. Coinage operations finally began in February 1906, advancing the status of the Denver facility to Branch Mint. In addition, before the new machinery to be used at the Mint was installed for use, it was first sent to the St. Louis Exposition of 1904 for display. Silver coins were minted in Denver for the first time in 1906. During the first year, 167 million coins were produced, including $20 gold (double eagle) coins, $10 gold (eagle) coins, $5 gold (half eagle) coins, and assorted denominations of silver coins.

Philadelphia: 1793 to date. No mint mark until recent years when 'P' was used on certain (but not all) coins.


Charlotte: 1838-1861. 'C' mint mark...

Dahlonega: 1838-1861 'D' mint mark...

New Orleans: 1838-1909. 'O' mint mark...

San Francisco: 1854 to date. 'S' mint mark...

Carson City: 1870-1893. 'CC' mint mark...

Denver: 1906 to date. 'D' mint mark....

West Point: 1984 to date 'W' mint mark..


Note: If this trivia question opens a can-o-worms, by all means contest the results. These are intended to make you don on your "thinking cap" and come up with alternative results, there-by creating corrections/discussion.

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