Every single Monday through Friday I walk past The Mint on my way to work. Tours line up outside and I’ve even been asked to take pictures of families as I am walking past to help them remember their trip to The Mint. There are families and school groups and a variety of other people that are always coming in and out of the building.
My curiosity finally got the best of me so I looked into taking a tour of The Mint and it turns out the tours are free! Great!
So, I made my reservation (weeks in advance) and I asked a bud to go with on the tour. “It’s free I told her! It’s free!”
We got in line like I had seen many people do before and the tour began. It was pretty interesting to see how the circulation coins are made. I learned they don’t make circulation paper money here in Denver- only coins. See. I paid attention. Only after the tour did I realize the irony (?) of going on a trip to The Mint while on a Spending Fast. It did make sense in a way. Cuz it’s about the money baby! All about the money.
I found myself thinking about the coins as they passed by on the conveyor belt. There they are being born. I wondered where they would end up, who would spend them, who would give them to whom?
The little coins, so shiny and bright and new. A source of grief for some. A source of accomplishment for others. Sometimes both for most.