The Danbury Mint was founded in Westport, Connecticut, by Ralph Glendinning and Ted Stanley in 1969, as a subsidiary of Glendinning Companies. Their first product was a series of medals commemorating the Apollo 11 moon landing. The Danbury Mint has since created many commemorative items—figurines, collector plates, dolls, die-cast cars, etc. —based on historical events and people. Examples include, Shirley Temple, Princess Diana, Barack Obama's inauguration, Corvettes, Hummel figurines, and gold Christmas ornaments.
In the early 1980s, the Danbury Mint was one of the fastest-growing companies in the United States. However, the company's growth slowed in the late 1980s and early 1990s, as the collectable market declined. In 1991, the Danbury Mint filed for bankruptcy protection. The company emerged from bankruptcy in 1992, and has since continued to operate as a successful collectables company.
The Danbury Mint remains a leading manufacturer and marketer of more...
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