US Mint Marks

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U.S. Mint Marks

Mint Marks are small letters designating where the coins were minted. The Mint Mark position is usually found on the reverse of coins minted prior to 1965 (with the cent being the exception), and on the obverse after 1967.

Coins struck at the Philadelphia Mint before 1979 (except 1942-1945 five-cent pieces) do not have a mint mark. Starting in 1979 a letter P was used on the dollar, and on all other denominations except the cent hereafter.

All dies for United States coins are made at the Philadelphia Mint and are stamped with the appropriate mint mark before they are shipped to the branch mints. The exact positioning and size of the mint mark may vary slightly, depending on where and how deeply the punch was impressed.

Mint Letter

   Mint

  Years Minted

C

Charlotte, North Carolina

(Gold coins only)

1838-1861

CC

Carson City, Nevada

1870-1893

D

Dahlonega, Georgia

(Gold coins only)

1838-1861

D

Denver, Colorado

1906 to Date

O

New Orleans, Louisiana

1838-1909

P

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

1793 to Date

S

San Francisco, California

1854 to Date

W

West Point

1984 to Date

Here is a list of U.S. coins that have a Mint Mark and where you can find it.  There are other U.S. coins that also have mint marks (like Commemorates) but there are too many variations to list.

  • Indian Head Cent: Below the wreath on the reverse; 1908-S and 1909-S only
  • Lincoln Cents: Below the date. Philadelphia mint coins in this series minted today still do not carry a mint mark; these are the only US circulating coins that have that distinction.
  • Silver Three Cent Pieces: To the right of the ‘C’ on the reverse; 1851-O only
  • Liberty Nickel: Below the dot to the left of “CENTS” on the reverse; 1912-dated coins only
  • Buffalo Nickel: Below “FIVE CENTS” on the reverse. The ‘F’ below the date (at least when the date is visible) is the initial of the designer, James Earle Fraser.
  • Jefferson Nickel: Copper-Nickel pieces dated 1938-42 and 1946-64: to the right of Monticello on the reverse. Silver pieces dated 1942-45: a large mintmark above Monticello on the reverse. 1968-2004: Below (clockwise from) the date. 2005 Redesign: Below the script “Liberty” on the obverse.
  • Seated Liberty Half Dime: Within the wreath below “HALF DIME” on the reverse 1838-1859, 1870-72. Below the wreath on the reverse 1860-69, 1872-73.
  • Seated Liberty Dime: Within the wreath below “ONE DIME” on the reverse 1838-1860, part of 1875. Below the wreath on the reverse 1860-91.
  • Barber Dime: Below the wreath on the reverse
  • Mercury Dime: To the right of the word “ONE” on the reverse.
  • Roosevelt Dime: 1946-64: To the left of the bottom of the torch on the reverse. 1968 to date: Above the date.
  • Twenty Cent Piece: Below the eagle on the reverse
  • Seated Liberty Quarter: Below the eagle on the reverse
  • Barber Quarter: Below the eagle on the reverse, but often a little skew due to lack of room.
  • Liberty Standing Quarter: Above and to the left of the date, immediately to the right of the bottom star on Liberty’s left (facing) side.
  • Washington Quarter: 1932-64: Below the wreath on the reverse. 1968 to date, including Statehood Quarters: To the right of Washington’s ponytail on the obverse – which in the case of Statehood quarters is not the dated side of the coin.
  • Seated Liberty Half Dollar: Below the eagle on the reverse
  • Bust Half Dollar: Above the date on the 1838-O and 1839-O Reeded Edge coins only. The former is a legendary rarity.
  • Barber Half Dollar: Below the eagle on the reverse
  • Walking Liberty Half Dollar: 1916-17: Below “IN GOD WE TRUST” on the obverse. 1917-47: To the left of “HALF DOLLAR” on the reverse.
  • Franklin Half Dollar: Above the Liberty Bell and below the ‘E’ in “STATES” on the reverse.
  • Kennedy Half Dollar 1964: To the left of the olive branch on the reverse. 1968 to date: Above the date.
  • Seated Liberty Dollar: Below the eagle on the reverse
  • Trade Dollar: Above the ‘D’ in DOLLAR on the reverse
  • Morgan Dollar: Above the “DO” in DOLLAR on the reverse
  • Eisenhower Dollar: Above the ‘7’ in the date
  • Susan B. Anthony Dollar: To the left of Ms. Anthony on the obverse
  • Sacagawea Dollar: Below the date
  • Peace Dollar: On the reverse below “ONE” and above the eagle’s tail
  • Gold Dollar: Below the wreath on the dated side of the coin
  • Classic Quarter Eagle: Above the date, 1838-39 only
  • Liberty Quarter Eagle: Below the eagle on the reverse; in fact, most mint marks in this series are partially merged into the eagle due to space limitations.
  • Indian Quarter Eagle: To the left of the arrows (eagle’s perch) on the reverse.
  • Three Dollar Gold: Below the wreath on the dated side of the coin
  • Classic Half Eagle: Above the date, 1838 only
  • Liberty Half Eagle: 1839: Above the date. 1840-1907: Below the eagle on the reverse.
  • Indian Half Eagle: To the left of the arrows (eagle’s perch) on the reverse.
  • Saint-Gaudens Double Eagle: Above the date
  • Liberty Eagle: Below the eagle on the reverse
  • Indian Eagle: 1908-D coins with no motto: Above (clockwise from) the left end of the branch on the reverse. All others: to the left of the arrows (eagle’s perch) on the reverse.
  • Liberty Double Eagle: Below the eagle on the reverse.

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