The Franklin Mint is a private mint that was founded by Joseph Segel in 1964 in Wawa, Pennsylvania. The brand name is currently owned by Sequential Brands Group, headquartered in New York City, New York. The Franklin Mint manufactures and markets coins, jewelry, diecast vehicles, dolls, sculpture and other collectibles.
Franklin Mint’s Claim to Fame
For five decades The Franklin Mint produced and mass marketed “collectibles”. Its product line began with manufacturing and marketing privately minted gold and silver commemorative rounds and medallions.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Franklin Mint expanded operations to legal-tender coins, producing a combination of bullion and non-bullion proof and uncirculated coin sets of both small and large denominations for a number of countries, particularly Panama and various island states. One of its best numismatic sellers was the “Coin Sets of all Nations” series which included stamps and post marks of the respective nation on each set.
Besides coins, other offerings included dolls, plates, knives, LP record sets and die-cast vehicles. Often emphasized in these media were influential historical figures or famous actors. Wildlife scenes were also a common feature. Many of these items were sold through magazine and television advertisement over the years.
Photos of the Mint
Below are some streetview photos of the mint.
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