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  1. The eagle featured on U.S. currency was modeled on a real bald eagle named Peter who used to live on top of the U.S. Mint. After his death in 1836, Peter was stuffed and is still on display inside the very building upon which he once nested.

  2. The Nutrition Facts for Tic Tac mints say they contain 0 grams of sugar per serving. The number one ingredient in Tic Tacs is sugar. But the amount of sugar per serving (1 mint) is less than 0.5 grams. This qualifies as sugar-free.

  3. In 1927 PEZ dispensers, known as "regulars," were similar in shape to a cigarette lighter and dispensed an adult breath mint marketed as an alternative to smoking.

  4. The price of a bottle of Coca-Cola stayed at a nickel for over 70 years. As a result, vending machines only took nickels, and before raising prices to a dime the president of the company asked President Eisenhower to mint 7.5 cent coins to keep the increase reasonable.

  5. In his later years, Sir Isaac Newton was appointed to a largely symbolic (but paid) position at the Royal Mint. He took the job seriously and successfully prosecuted many counterfeiters for high treason. Those convicted were hanged, drawn and quartered

  6. Sir Isaac Newton, while Master of the Royal Mint, personally went undercover in bars and taverns to root out rampant counterfeiting, which was high treason (punishable by being hanged, drawn and quartered). He successfully prosecuted 28 counterfeiters in 18 months.

  7. Domestic geese do a perfect job of weeding mint fields. They hate mint, but love the plants that compete with it.

  8. There are no U.S. quarters with 1975 as the mint year because commemorative 1976 bicentennial quarters were being minted early in anticipation of collectors snatching the coins from circulation

  9. Some US $1 bills minted from 1992 to 1996 can be worth up to $1300 because they were printed using a different method.

  10. In 1953, Coca Cola attempted to persuade the US Treasury to mint a 7.5 cent coin; a can of Coke had been a nickel since 1886 and needed to be raised due to inflation, but they felt a dime was too much.

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Quantity of coins vs. Nominal value of coins of the US Mint 1960-2015

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What are some fun facts about mints?

Lost WWII planes were discovered in mint condition in a Myanmar jungle in 2012- almost 140 were found still in crates underground

Canada once minted a $1 million dollar coin, which was promptly stolen and never found.

A protein called TRPM8 is what causes your brain to think something is colder than it is after eating something with mint.

The US hasn't used up the Purple Hearts minted in anticipation of a bloody landing of Japan in WWII

No coin minted by the United States has a numerical amount written on it, which makes it hard for people unfamiliar with the coins to know their value

A bottle of Coca-Cola cost one nickel (5 cents) between 1886 and 1959. The price remained fixed with very little fluctuation. In 1953, Coca-Cola approached the US Treasury to request minting a 7.5 cent coin.

The Australian Mint produced a "Han Solo in carbonite" 1 oz. silver coin.

If the US used a dollar coin instead of a bill it would save $5.5 billion over 30 years. It mints dollar coins, but unlike other developed countries, won't remove the bill from circulation, possibly due to lack of support by Federal Reserve.

The Dutch East India Company is considered the world’s first multinational corporation. It was a “company-State” that over its 200-year history, had stockholders, occupied territory, minted currency and even tried/executed prisoners.

Using services like Mint puts you in breach of cardholder agreements with your bank, thereby voiding your security guarantee.

One proposed solution to the US debt ceiling crisis of 2012 was the minting of a 1 trillion dollar coin that would be used to pay off the country's debt. - fact check

In 2013 a California couple discovered a trove of gold coins in their backyard while walking their dog. Tucked away in eight buried cans were 1,427 rare mint-condition coins dating from 1847 to 1894. A rare coin expert who represents the finders, appraised the U.S. coins at $11 million.

The eagle featured on U.S. currency was modeled on a real bald eagle named Peter who used to live on top of the U.S. Mint. He died in 1836 but, like many animals whose admirers just can't let go, Peter was stuffed and is still on display inside the very building upon which he once nested.

One of the mint plant's first known uses in Europe was as a room deodorizer. The herb was strewn across floors to cover smells since stepping on the mint helped to spread its scent through the room.

A man bet his brother he could gather 1 million pennies. It took 30 years, but the man won the bet! However, neither the U.S. Mint, the U.S. Comptroller of Currency, coin collectors nor the local bank will cash in his $10k stash without a charge.

The Royal Canadian Mint created a coin with the face value of $1 Million. The coin itself is made of 99.99% gold and weighs over 220 lbs.

It costs approximately 1.6 cents to make 1 penny, as a result the mint loses around $55 million just on the production of these coins

When waiters gave mints w/their patrons' check, their tips increased by 3%. If waiters personally handed 2mints per patron w/check, their tips increased by 14%. Their tips increased by 21% if they handed the mints directly to the patrons w/check, and then came back with more mints later.

U.S. Pennies dated 1944 - 1946 were minted with rifle and artillery-shell casings from WWII.

The Royal Canadian Mint created a giant, million-dollar coin from nearly pure gold. It was stolen from a museum in Berlin in March, when the market price of the gold was nearly 4 times the coin's face value.

For a 20 year period in the mid-1800's, the US Mint issued a three cent coin, or "trime" - fact check

In the '80s Susan B. Anthony dollars were so unpopular the US Mint had to keep $500 million worth of the coins in storage because there was no demand to circulate them.

In 1950 Louis Eliasberg completed the first and only complete U.S. coin collection - one of every date, metal, denomination, and mint mark ever struck as of that year

Waste from the Ben & Jerry's factory is given to farmers to feed their hogs. The hogs apparently love Cherry Garcia but dislike Mint Oreo.

In 2008, the Chilean 50 peso was misspelled as "CHIIE" instead of “CHILE,” with a second “I” in place of the “L". When the error was brought to light in 2009, Gregorio Iniguez, the director of the Chile Mint, and others were fired from their jobs.

Mints infographics

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Mass of ~300 US Quarters VS Year They Were Minted

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Mass of ~300 Random US Quarters Plotted Against Year Minted