Pennsylvania

US Mint at Philadelphia

The nation's first mint in Philadelphia makes circulating coins, commemorative coins as authorized by Congress, and produces the dies for stamping coins and medals. In 1792, Congress called for the establishment of a national mint built in Philadelphia, then the nation's capital. On a visit to the Philadelphia Mint, students can actually watch money being made! They will see early coins and learn the story behind our nation's currency. In the galleries they will watch the huge modern coin-making machines at work, then see the first the original coining press used in 1792. Touring the United States Mint is a fascinating experience for all ages and one to remember for a lifetime. Students will learn about the craftsmanship required at all stages of the minting process, from the original designs and sculptures to the actual striking of the coins.
 
Contact Info
Address: 151 N. Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Philadelphia County. Tel: 215-408-0112. Website: www.usmint.gov. Hrs: Weekdays 9AM-4:30PM. 
 
Trip Info 
Grade Level: 5th-College. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1 hour. Cost: Free.  
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies.

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

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A sightseeing tour can provide your youth group with an opportunity to see entire cities in a short amount of time and learn about many aspects of that city such as, architecture, history, geography, and culture. Students gain knowledge about specific places they’ve toured through a variety of activities. ... Continue