One hundred and thirteen years ago, San Francisco was rocked by an earthquake, the likes of which it had never seen.
At 5:12 a.m., you feel a slight tremble. You think nothing of it. Twenty seconds later, your bed starts bucking like a bronco as a noise “like the roar of 10,000 lions” booms through the air. You’re thrown to the ground.
Dishes crash to the floor. Chunks of plaster fall from the ceiling. You choke on the dust that starts to fill the air.
As you make your way out of your house and onto the street, you look back and see a house in ruins.
The 1906 San Francisco earthquake was one of the most significant in history. Fire melted the windows of the San Francisco Mint, but it remained mostly intact. At the time, the mint held $300 million worth of gold—33% of our nation’s gold reserves, which was essential to backing our currency.
The superintendent of the mint and his staff were able to protect the gold and the building throughout the disaster from both fire and looting, and the mint lived to fight another day.
Founded in 1854, the mint turned Gold Rush gold into coins, producing $4,084,207 in gold pieces in its first year alone. It soon needed more space than its initial, small brick building, and in 1874 the mint moved to a grand, Greek-Revival-style building. The Granite Lady, as the building was dubbed, sat on a concrete and granite foundation designed to prevent tunneling into the mint and to withstand earthquakes. An intriguing legend has it that the cornerstone was laid during a Masonic ceremony and filled with gold coins struck at the mint.
Prices Shown Subject to Change
The pricing quoted on this page is based on the current market price for this precious metal, which constantly fluctuates and we continuously update from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT, Monday through Friday.
You will be charged the price listed at the time you place your order and it is confirmed as paid. If your order was not confirmed as paid, it may need to be reviewed by our fraud team and your price will not be locked in until you speak with a Blanchard account representative.
To protect against the rare event of abnormally volatile market conditions, we reserve the right to deny pricing quoted on this website.
You will be charged the market price at the time you lock in your order with us.