Casa de la Moneda : National Mint of Bolivia

Safe used for newly minted silver coins

 

Besides the mountain towering over the city of Potosi, the Casa de la moneda is, in my opinion, the second biggest attraction. It was here that all the silver, extracted from the mountain, flowed through on it’s way to Spain, and the world. The original building was build along side the center square in 1574, but when production became too much for the mint to handle, a new mint was built in 1759. This second mint is where tours are held. An extensive collection of coins, machines, and dioramas highlighting the workings of the mint from the manual slave era, though the steam era and into the modern day electrically driven production lines.

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