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The coins of the United States have a long and interesting history, dating back to the earliest days of the country. The first coins minted in the United States were the copper and silver coins produced by the Philadelphia Mint in 1793, shortly after the Mint was established by Congress. Over the years, the design and composition of US coins have changed many times. For example, in 1909, the Lincoln penny was introduced, featuring a portrait of President Abraham Lincoln on the obverse and two wheat ears on the reverse. In 1932, the Washington quarter was introduced to commemorate the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. In 1965, the composition of the dime, quarter, and half dollar was changed from 90% silver to a copper-nickel alloy.

Today, there are six denominations of US coins in circulation: the penny, nickel, dime, quarter, half dollar, and dollar. The designs of these coins have also been updated over time to feature different presidents, historical figures, and symbols of American culture. For example, the reverse of the quarter now features a design representing a national park or other national site from each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia and the five US territories. In addition to these circulating coins, the United States Mint also produces commemorative coins and bullion coins for collectors and investors. These coins feature a wide range of designs, from images of famous Americans to depictions of important events in US history.