The Denver Mint

The Denver Mint

100 Years of Gangsters, Gold, and Ghosts

By Lisa Ray Turner; Kimberly Field

Mapletree Publishing Company, Paperback, 9781600651021, 173pp.

Publication Date: March 30, 2007

This book takes readers from the days when gold dust was legal tender in the dusty frontier town of Denver to the present when the Mint is a world-class facility that makes most of our coins. History buffs will love the book's historical highlights while casual readers will enjoy seeing how the cultural events and trends influenced money and life at the Mint.The book provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the Mint-entertaining stories of colorful characters, controversial coins, and the creative artists behind the nation's coinage. It covers everything from workday life at the Mint to tales of gangsters and dramatic gold transfers. It goes beyond the basics, with well-researched slices of information, photos and interviews. Even money-oriented recipes are included (mint brownies, anyone?).

About the Author
Lisa Ray Turner is an award-winning writer of both fiction and nonfiction. She is the author of three novels, a book of essays (co-authored with Thomas S. Bollard), and many magazine articles for national publications. Lisa graduated with a bachelor's degree in Education and received her master's degree in Music. She teaches writing at Lighthouse Writers in Denver, and humanities at the University of Phoenix. Lisa is an avid coin collector. Unfortunately, as soon as she collects the coins, she spends them.


Long-time Coloradoan Kimberly Field holds a bachelor's degree in Archaeology and a master's in Journalism. Kim has written on western water issues, earthquake prediction, and the influence of volcanoes in impressionist art. Her first introduction to the Denver Mint's products came with the shiny Kennedy half-dollars she received for each "A" on her report card.