Famous Landmarks of the French Quarter
The Old U.S Mint is wonderful to go see. It is the only building in America that has served as a United States and Confederate mint. It was built in 1835. While it was being built Andrew Jackson was president. It began buisness in 1838, three years after it was built. It was used help finance development of the nation's western frontier. The Mint was a jail during a part of the Civil War. Minting operations ceased in 1909. Now it is a National Historic Landmark. It is the oldest existing United States Mint building. It is located near the French Market at 400 Esplanade Avenue. It is now part of the Louisiana State Museum. If you go there, you go in their auditorium and search for your family history. If you did not know, The Old U.S Mint was a place were they made coins and it was used as many different things during the time when it was not a part of the museum. The U.S Mint made gold and silver dollars and any type of coin you can think of, but they only made coin. They did not make paper money. They made $20.00, $10.00, $5.00,and $2.50, all in coins. The "O underneath the bird on a coin is a sign that the coin was made at the New Orleans Mint. King Edward visited the Mint in 1873. The Mint is a cool place. If you would like to see pictures of things in the Old U.S Mint scroll down. The Old U.S Mint is very fun to go to, see, and learn about!