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The U.S. Mint (Grade 8)

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The U.S. Mint

Since the founding of the republic, the U.S. Mint has been manufacturing and distributing circulating, precious metal and collectible coins and national medals.
When was the U.S. Mint created?
  1. 1776
  2. 1792
  3. 1800
  4. 1865
How was the U.S. Mint created?
  1. It's in the Constitution.
  2. by an act of Congress
  3. by executive order
  4. by a Supreme Court ruling
Why was Philadelphia chosen to be the site of the first U.S. Mint?

What did the U.S. Mint do that was significant for its time?
  1. Starting in 1793, it gave away free coins each year on the anniversary of its founding.
  2. It was the first U.S. department to use electricity.
  3. In 1795, it became the first federal agency to employ women.
  4. The gold the Mint used for coins was mixed with copper.
Which of these cities was not in Congress' 1835 expansion of the U.S. Mint?
  1. Charlotte, NC
  2. Dahlonega, GA
  3. New Orleans
  4. Chicago
Why did the federal government in 1854 open a branch mint in San Francisco?

By the 1930s, the demand for gold to make coins was so great that the U.S. established a fortified vault building at                          in Kentucky to store over half the country's gold reserves.
Which of these cities does not have a U.S. Mint production facility today?
  1. Philadelphia
  2. San Francisco
  3. Denver
  4. New Orleans
The U.S. Mint is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage.
  1. True
  2. False
How many circulating coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarter, and half-dollars) did the U.S. Mint produce in 2019?
  1. about 100 million coins
  2. almost 1 billion coins
  3. nearly 12 billion coins
  4. just more than 600 billion coins
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