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Mint House Museum

The Program Includes : Private transport – Bilingual Guides – Tickets for Museum

3 Consecutive certifications of excellence 2015, 2016, 2017 by Tripadvisor

3 Consecutive certifications of excellence 2015, 2016, 2017 by Tripadvisor

Casa Real de la Moneda,the first House of Currency was sent to construct in Potosí by order of the Virrey Don Francisco de Toledo in December 1572 in the sector sud of the Seat of Rejoicing, next to the building of the Real Boxes in the denominated place the Pedregal. Geronimo de Leto was the master builder ordered to initiate the work with walls of stone and mud, brick chimneys, the “mitayos” did not work but if enslaved black, the currencies made in this house were to blow of hammer of ahi the name of “macuquinas”, cut to scissors and they tenian the cross of Spain. The main chimney today is recovered. Today it is the palace of Justice.

The second House of Currency (Casa de Moneda) this located in the Ayacucho street. Constructed between 1759 and 1773, by the Architect Salvador de Villa, in the rectangular space of the seat of “kjatu”, in an extension of 7,500 m². To its death them replacement its assistant Luis Cabello. The construction is carved stone and bolona, partly of brick. It is of two plants, cover with boveda and adorned with caissons, has five squares, first he is quadrangular, with arcs and runners, windows with grates. It has solid perrons, casi 2 centenares de habitaciones, su costo fue de 1’148.452 pesos y 6 reales.

It is made more important the civil architectonic museum during the virreynal time called “the Dump of America”. The “Large mask” is work of the French Eugene Mulón, who work in the Currency between 1849 and 1852.

Laminating machines and of Minting, to replace the old currency hammer by a new circular currency, the new building to be constructed necessarily to tapeworm that to count on the equipment and instruments adapted for this intention. It completes the previous dispositions and appointments with the asigned and remition of modern machines of minting. The relation granted 3 enormous laminating wood machines and wood models of the minting instruments, that were certified by the secretary of the office of the King to obtain with all soon and perfection the new establishment of the workings of currency in the referred House of Potosí made of circular figure in the form that practical of Mexico.

This building was recovered from 1940 by recommendation of the government and the initiative of the Geographic Society and History of Potosí , the one that organized the most important museum of Bolivia and that it made positive work in benefit of the culture. The museum counts on numerous Rooms: of Archaeology, Arms and Flags, Phototeca, Ethnography, Presidential Galery, Colonial History, Republican history, Imagenes, Paintings of Saints, Mineralogy, Laminating machines of Silver and Minting presses of Currencies, Room of Numismatica, Vehicles, Furniture. The library and the emeroteca are important, and the File is unique in its sort.

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