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Definition: A mint mark is a letter or other symbol that identifies the mint at which a given coin has been made. On most U.S. coins, the mint mark will be a D (for the Denver mint), or an S (for San Francisco.) Sometimes P was used (for Philadelphia), and other marks for historical issues (such as CC for Carson City.) The positions of the mint marks on some of the currently circulating U.S. coins are given below, but keep in mind that if the mint mark is absent, the coin was minted at Philadelphia. The Philadephia mint mark is often omitted.

On the Lincoln Cent, the mint mark is below the date on the obverse.

On the Jefferson Nickel since 1968, the mint mark follows the date on the obverse.

On the Roosevelt Dime since 1968, the mint mark is right above the date on the obverse.

On the Washington Quarter since 1968, the mint mark is on the obverse at the four o'clock position, just behind the ribbon on Washington's hair.

On the Statehood Quarter, the mint mark is just below "In God We Trust" on the obverse.

Alternate Spellings: mintmark
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