San Francisco Mint is the branch of United States Mint which was opened in 1854 to serve the gold mines of the California Gold Rush. San Francisco Mint is also known as ‘Granite Lady’ for its stately granite classic revival architecture. It is one of the few known building which survived in the great 1906 San Francisco earthquake. It served until 1937 when the present facility was opened.
In the year 1961, the old mint was designated as a National Historic Landmark and later in the year 1974 it also became California Historical Landmark.
The old mint was open to the visitor until 1993. Later; in the year 2003 the federal government sold the structure to the City of San Francisco for one dollar- an 1879 silver dollar struck at the mint for use as a historical museum to be called the San Francisco Museum at the Mint.
The United States of America had issued this commemorative coin in the year 2006 to pay tribute to the San Francisco Old Mint, which plays an instrumental role in recovery and rebuilding on great American City.
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