Our Trip to the Mint
Sydney was positively mesmerized by the fireworks -- Sally actually got kinda bored. Funny, huh? They have always been that way about fireworks. It's so cute to hear Syd saying "oooooh" and "aaaaaah" and giggling like crazy.
Yesterday was our family field trip to the Denver Mint. The tours are free, but they book up WAY in advance so I think I booked it 2 months ago. We had a nice time, it was just the right duration and we learned lots of interesting things. Sally wanted me to buy her money from the gift shop, haha. We agreed on a pencil instead.
The Denver Mint presses coins, and also does the state quarters that everybody loves. Puerto Rico is the next one scheduled to come out and they were working on that particular machine while we were there.
Did you know that coins cost more to make than their actual value? I can't recall all the specifics, but I'm pretty sure a penny costs 6 cents to make...a nickel costs 12 cents to make...a dime costs 16 cents to make...and a quarter costs 39 cents to make. They only coin that's actually "profitable" is the dollar coin, which I think costs around 40 cents to make.
Sounds like typical government math, hey?
After the mint we grabbed lunch with some friends who are potty training their daughter and wanted to take some potty training supplies off our hands. We had a great time and they kids were pretty well-behaved even though the restaurant service was S-L-O-W. But we did get free ice cream :-)