How is money made?

Paper Money

The U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing makes all the country’s paper money. There are two places that print money. The main building is in Washington, D.C., and another is in Fort Worth, Texas.

Ever noticed how the bills feel stronger than regular paper? That’s because they’re made with fibers from cotton, linen, and silk, too! Paper money is made at a press, and 32 fresh bills are made every time the press comes down.


Coins are a little different and more complicated to make than bills. Each coin (and there are lots of them!) has to be approved first for design by the United States Congress, coinage committees, and the Secretary of the Treasury. The process of how coins are made is called “minting.” Each coin is pressed with the design, then gets a quick bath in a cleaning solution to make it look brand new.

Get a look at how coins are made

The U.S. Mint has locations across the country. Headquarters are in Washington, D.C., and coins are produced in Philadelphia, Denver, San Francisco and West Point. The U.S. Mint also stores gold at Fort Knox.

After production

Coins and bills are shipped from the presses to banks in the United States and all over the world. After money leaves the presses, it is considered to be “in circulation,” meaning that it’s ready to be used by businesses and people for buying and selling things.

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This is your place to learn about money - how it works, where it comes from, and the difference between debit and credit cards. Plus, play cool games, print coloring pages and decorate your cardboard piggy. You can even use our savings calculator to see how long it will take you to save up for that toy, game or outfit you've been wanting!