This Greek Revival building was first used as a U.S. and Confederate Mint in 1835 and produced money for the Federal ... More
Old U.S. Mint
This Greek Revival building was first used as a U.S. and Confederate Mint in 1835 and produced money for the Federal government until 1909. Throughout its existence it has served many purposes, including minting money and housing soldiers for the Confederate Government during the Civil War. Today Old U.S. Mint is home to jazz and Mardi Gras exhibits as well as important historical archives. The mint also houses two gift shops, the Coin Vault and Louisiana Music Factory, which sell unique items. Own one of these as a remembrance to your visit!
The review before this one was made by me and I am signing on as another user to correct what I said since I gave some erroneous information.
My discussion was on buying a coin from the Old Mint gift shop. I stated that no Morgan silver dollars were minted in the Old Mint in 1900. That is not true, they minted over 11 million Morgans. What is true is that a number (??) of the 1900-O Morgans dollars have a "Micro O" mint mark, and those are the ones that are counterfeit. The rest of them are ok. I apologize for the wrong information.
I will reiterate the Old Mint is a fabulous place to visit, full of history, and a true American treasure.
The Mint itself is spectacular in every way. One floor contains a comprehensive history of jazz, It is well worth the visit.
My problem with the Mint is that the gift shop contains many nice things to purchase, one of which is U. S. coins with the New Orleans mint mark (O). Before Katrina, I purchased a 1900 Silver Dollar with the "O" mint mark for $20.00. Come to to find out the coin is a forgery and a fake, as the Mint did not make any Silver dollars in 1900. It really is a dollar of another year made to look like the real thing. My message is, be wary of any coin purchased in the Mint gift shop.
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