The Mile High City is home to a branch of the U.S. Mint so I was ready to go on a tour. How often can you see where they make the money I so love to spend?
I find money endlessly interesting. And here I could see bills from throughout United
State history, including Confederate bills, and fractional currency that replaced coins the people started hoarding metal during the Civil War. There was shredded money, shredded money used in works of art — you could even take home a bag of shredded money. (Good luck piecing it back together.)
There were stations for designing your own money, including adding your own wonderful visage to a bill.
There’s a stack of $30 million dollars to admire, too.
You won’t spend a day here. It’s teeny. But you will have an enjoyable hour here among the nation’s greenbacks.
And did I mention, it’s free. Bring your driver’s license or other official photo ID. You need to have that and go through a metal detector to get in.
Ⓒ Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman