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In the U.S. a mint mark is usually one letter, sometimes two, indicating which mint produced a coin. The current US mint marks are:

P for Philadelphia,

D for Denver

S for San Francisco (for proof coins only)

W for West Point (for commemoratives and gold only*)

Until recently most coins from Philadelphia did not have a mintmark so you may find many older coins lacking mint marks. Dates for the P mint mark are:

> 1942-45 : "war nickels"

> 1979-present : dollars

> 1980-present : nickels, quarters, dimes, halves

Philadelphia cents do not have a mint mark.

*With the exception of the 1996 Roosevelt Dime issued from the West Point Mint. This was included in the Mint's Uncirculated Set for that year, and it commemorates the 50th anniversary of this coin type's debut. In addition to its novelty as the only dime bearing a 'W' mintmark, the West Point location is not far from the Roosevelt Estate at Hyde Park where the late FDR and wife Eleanor were laid to rest.

Mint Marks on Older Coins

S for San Francisco circulating coins 1854-1955, also some nickels and cents 1968-74

C for Charlotte, NC 1838-1861

CC for Carson City, NV 1870-1893

D for Dahlonega, GA 1838-1861

O for New Orleans, LA 1838-1861 and 1879-1909

Mint Marks on Coins from Other Countries

Other countries have different practices for indicating where a coin was struck. If there is only a single mint, they may follow the old U.S. practice of not placing any mint mark on their coins, or they may use mint marks only for branch/subsidiary mints, or all coins may carry marks. There may even be coded mint marks or symbols instead of letters. Some examples:

U.K: No mint mark for most coins from the primary mint; H = Heaton, KN = Kings Norton

Canada: No mint mark for coins from the Ottawa mint up till 1995; "M" beginning in 1996; H on some older coins minted at England's Heaton mint.

Australia: Older coins used either a letter or a strategically-placed dot to indicate what mint struck each coin; the dot's location within the coin's design was different for each mint.

Germany: All coins carry mint marks. Unlike most other countries, mint marks are sequential letters based on when a particular mint was established rather than being an initial of the city. Current active mints are:

A: Berlin

D: München

F: Stuttgart

G: Karlsruhe

J: Hamburg

Mint Mark Locations

It's impossible to give a simple description of where to look for a mint mark without knowing a coin's date and denomination, and sometimes even that information isn't enough. Mint marks are often worked into some inconspicuous place in the design, but in recent years the practice in more and more countries is to make the mint mark more obvious. For example, in 1968 the U.S. moved mint marks from the back sides of most coins to a more prominent place on the front; in the 1980s the size of the letters was increased making them even more visible.

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