Like the city of which it is a part, the New Orleans Mint has a colorful history. Because of this history, selecting the 10 best coins it produced shouldn’t be a problem, right? Actually, the problem is one of reducing the list to just 10 coins, as treasures abound. But I’m getting ahead of the story. Let me take a moment to trace the development of the mint, its first demise and resurrection, its second passing, and how it fares today.
The Act of Congress that resulted in the construction of the New Orleans Mint was passed in early 1835, during the last year of the presidency of Andrew Jackson. The construction of a mint in New Orleans was an extension of Jacksonian Democracy, which advocated the expansion of the country westward, beyond the Mississippi River. Jackson knew that the production of more hard currency would facilitate this expansion.