Have you ever thought about how coins are produced? The United States Mint designs and produces coins. The U.S. Mint operates under the United States Department of Treasury; there are various sites around the U.S. such as the Denver Mint and Philadelphia Mint. A coin is first designed by drawing. After the design is approved, the design is sent to a U.S. Mint sculptor-engraver. The sculptor-engraver uses both traditional and digital tools to create a model of the coin. The finished model is checked for any imperfections. It is then imputed into a database of coins. At this point, the coin is ready to be manufactured. The design is read by a machine; the machine produces a hub with precision and accuracy. A hub is then sent to the die shop where it is struck with the design and inscriptions. Coins must pass inspection in order before being released into circulation.