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United States Mint Records

Identifier: WH412

Scope and Contents

Collection contains: chiefly correspondence concerning the hiring of James D. Clarke as Pay Clerk at the U.S. Mint in Denver, Colo.; Clarke's robbing of the mint on Feb. 13, 1864, his capture and subsequent events.

Collection is comprised of photocopies of original material held at the U.S. Treasury Department, Washington, D.C.


  • 1863-1865


Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

Established by an Act of Congress on April 21, 1862, the United States Mint at Denver opened for business in late 1863 as a United States Assay Office. Operations began in the facilities of Clark, Gruber and Company, a private bank and mint located at 16th and Market Streets, which had been acquired by the government for $25,000. The site for the new mint at West Colfax and Delaware streets was purchased on April 22, 1896 for approximately $60,000. Construction began in 1897. Coinage operations began on February 1, 1906, advancing the status of the Denver facility to Branch Mint.


1 box

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown.

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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