The United States Mint said Friday public tours of its production plant in Philadelphia are being closed until this summer so the facility can be renovated.

The gift shop will remain open during renovations, which will result in public access to interactive displays, updated exhibits and videos. .  

Periodic updates on the tour renovation, as well as information about the grand opening, will be available at the United States Mint's website, http://www.usmint.gov/mint_tours/ or at 215-408-0112.  Information about the gift shop is available at 215-408-0230.

The United States Mint, created by Congress in 1792, is the Nation's sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the Nation to conduct its trade and commerce.  The United States Mint also produces proof, uncirculated and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver, gold and platinum bullion coins.