The Denver Mint was modeled off the Medici supported architecture in Florence, Italy. It opened in 1904 as an essay office and began minting coins in 1906. Due to the earthquake in San Francisco in 1906, Denver’s coins began to proliferate across the entire west. In 1934, the Federal Government shifted the gold supply from San Francisco to Denver’s Mint, shipping $26.4 billion in gold from San Francisco to Denver. In the 1930’s, Denver had stored collectively more gold then had ever been before on Earth. Coinage in the United States represents the thing which we admire, the values which we hold as a nation. The Denver Mint is representative of the West, the pioneering and venturing ideals of Americans, past and future.