coining machine - minting

coining machine - minting, casa de la moneda, casa nacional de moneda, machine tool, mint, potosí, steam powered

This is an old Mint Coining Machine that was powered by steam.­ It was used for minting silver coins.­

It is located in the Casa de la Moneda (Potosí, Bolivia), the old Spanish mint where the silver from the mines of Potosí was transformed into coins.­

The original minting machines are preserved in a near-perfect state.­ The oldest machines were made of huge wooden gears and powered by slaves or animals (depending on availability).­ Later they used steam-powered machines, but luckily they kept the old machines untouched (just in case!).­ This huge building is now a national museum.­

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