A Rare Look Inside the West Point Mint’s Highly Secure Gold Vaults

Nearly a quarter of the U.S. government’s gold sits beneath a windowless building on the campus at West Point.

“We’ve got approximately 54 million ounces here that we store, which is about 22% of the nation’s gold,” Ellen McCollum says from her office.

McCollum is the Superintendent of the West Point Mint; a facility built the same year as Fort Knox and originally housed the nation’s silver.

Most of that silver was sold off and now, the latest treasury department numbers show West Point is second only to Fort Knox in the amount of government gold in its vaults.

It’s stored as bullion: big, heavy bricks of solid gold and silver.

FOX 5 NY was granted rare access — supervised of course — to one of their highly secure vaults.