steam boiler - morgan, orr & co

steam boiler - morgan, orr & co, casa de la moneda, casa nacional de moneda, furnace, mint, minting, morgan, orr & co, pipes, potosí, valves

This is an old Steam Boiler Furnace for the stationary steam engines that were powering the minting machines.­

It was made by Morgan, Orr and Co, Philadelphia U.­S.­A.­

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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