The Hamburg Mint is the oldest German mint. Most mintmarks are printed with a "J" and the country as a subordinate operation of the Department of Economy and Labor of the Hanseatic City of Hamburg. There are currently 55 permanent working employees. The Hamburgische Münze, both part of German coins (21 percent) and commemorative coins of Germany, and foreign coins and commemorative coinage, are without nominal value. The Mint is for private groups of visitors, unlike the other four mints in Germany, which are not accessible.
In year 834, the first Hamburg coins were made. The coining money, awarded by the emperor, who was archbishop, was held with Hamburg. 1189 Emperor Frederick Barbarossa gave the Hamburg Mint the right to examine the record Gräflich Burgi's mint. After 1325, the Count of Holstein had purchased the mint; it was allowed Hamburg to make more coins. In the year 1435, the Hamburg Mint was given the right to pound gold coins, one of which was the florin, granted by Emperor Sigismund. 1553 is the mint's first coined dollars and Portugese coins. After 1806, French troops occupied the city, and in 1813 was temporarily suspended the operation of the mint. In 1842, the mint was destroyed by fire. Only in 1873 the Hamburg Parliament decided a new mint, which opened in 1875 and since then the "Y" was seen instead of the J. In the Second World War, the Mint Hamburg was severely damaged, so that it could resume its operation until 1948. 1982 then followed the move to a new building, a purpose-built in Meiendorf.