You may have heard that a certain San Francisco landmark is turning 75 this month. And no, we’re not talking about the Golden Gate Bridge.
It’s our very own U.S. Mint building at 155 Hermann Street, which was formally dedicated on May 15th, 1937 — a full twelve days before that orange youngster to the north.
To celebrate its 75th, next Tuesday the Mint will be having a ceremonial strike of a new anniversary coin set, and will be opening its doors to “dignitaries and the news media.” (Sorry, common folk: the building hasn’t been open to the public since 1992, when it celebrated the national Mint’s bicentennial.)
Somehow we’ve snagged ourselves a golden ticket to next week’s event, so on Tuesday we’ll have some very special coverage of the day’s festivities. We’re told we may be able to live-blog/tweet from inside the building — though we’re not 100% confident about that — and we’ll even have a special prize for one lucky Haighteration reader. Hint: it’s shiny and valuable.
In the meantime, for a preview of what’s to come, check out Haighteration’s exclusive look inside the Mint from September of 2010, when we first fell in love with this gentle gray giant.
We’ll have more details on all of Tuesday’s excitement in a few days — stay tuned!