In 1849 the California Gold Rush begins. Initially, the gold is shipped across the Country to the Philadelphia Mint to produce coins, a long and dangerous journey. In 1852 Congress approves a California branch Mint In 1854 the San Francisco Mint opens to accept deposits from miners. In November 1874 The Mint outgrows its original small building and moves to a larger facility at 5th and Mission Streets. The building resembles an ancient Greek temple and would become known as the Granite [...]
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