About the Mint

Here and abroad, people cherish our products because they are stores of value as well as exquisite encapsulations of America’s ideals.

Perhaps most importantly, the United States Mint connects us with the core values of America.


The American ideal and its core values are captured by the US Treasury, which runs the Mint. Its primary tool is the computer keyboard, which can generate trillions of exchange unit$ with a single keystroke.



1921 gold coin. .9675 troy ounce gold. Worth 20 exchange unit$ in 1921. Required 2000 copper pennies to purchase.


2011 gold coin. 1.0909 troy ounce gold. Worth 1750 exchange unit$ in 2012. Requires 175,000 copper pennies to purchase.


1921 Silver Dollar. .77344 troy ounces of silver. Worth 1 exchange unit$ in 1921. Required 100 copper pennies to purchase.


2012 Silver Dollar. 1.0 troy ounces of silver. Worth 38 exchange unit$ in 2012. Requires 3800 copper pennies to purchase.


1981 copper penny. Contained $0.01 worth copper in 1981.


1981 copper penny. Contains $0.025 worth of copper in 2012.

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