The first coins of the New Orleans Mint were struck in 1838. In 1861, Louisiana seceded from the Union. Coins were struck here in that year under the flags of the United States, the State of Louisiana, and the Confederate States of America. They are indistinguishable from each other. Coinage operations ceased in late 1861 due to depleted stocks of bullion. The mint resumed striking coins from 1879 to 1909 when it permanently closed.