The United States Mint has produced the country's legal tender and coinage since 1793, when the founding fathers decided to establish a national currency. Besides minting the American coins in circulation, the U.S. Mint produces precious metal coins like the American Gold Eagle and Gold Buffalo, which are unique to the mint and are popular with collectors for their high purities and values exceeding their face values. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Mint manufactures coinage in Denver, Colo.; Philadelphia, Penn.; San Francisco, Calif.; and West Point, NY. It also maintains the legendary bullion depository in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
The 1 oz U.S Silver Eagle is the highest selling bullion coin in the world.