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Title: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on December 08, 2008, 12:58:23 AM

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The old Munich Mint is a serious building complex enclosed by Münzstraße, Platzl, Pfisterstraße and Sparkassenstraße. The picture was taken from the entry to the inner courtyard on Platzl. I came there too late to visit.


Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on December 08, 2008, 01:08:31 AM
The latest building housing the Utrecht Mint is on the corner of Leidseweg and Muntkade. The picture was taken from Kanaalweg. The building now also houses the national coin collection (including a mouth-watering library) and the Money Museum. The coin collection can be visited by appointment only.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on December 08, 2008, 01:21:47 AM
I am not at all sure that this building once was the Luzern Mint, but it stands in the Münzgasse, running from Reussteg to Bahnhofstraße. It is now a local eatery. The picture was taken from the Reussteg end.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: chrisild on December 09, 2008, 02:25:19 AM
The mint in Berlin has a museum (well, exhibits room) where you can simply walk in. It is open Mon-Fri 10-16 h ... admission is free. They have a new permanent exhibition about all €2 commems issued so far. If you want to see the coin production, you need to sign up for a group visit (Tue+Thu).

In Stuttgart guided tours are possible as well. But they only do them on Wednesdays (every week in the first half of 2009, every two weeks in the second half), and again you need to make a reservation first. Oh, and it seems they are fully booked until the end of 2009 ...

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Jislizard on March 28, 2009, 06:53:07 AM
The Sydney Branch of the Royal Mint in Australia at 10 Macquarie Street has a nice coffee shop but nothing else unfortunately since 1926.

There are a few site plans and pamphlets you can pick up, and I saw a show case with some sovereigns in but not much else remains apart from some pieces of machinery and some old walls.  It is now taken over as the Historic Houses Trust and they are preserving what is left but definitely not a fun day out for the family but worth popping into if you are visiting the Botanic Gardens or are in the area.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on March 28, 2009, 05:16:08 PM
I visited he Ottawa Mint many years ago. Even at the time, the tour was interesting and highly commercial. I don't know what the situation is like today, but with most of the minting being taken over by the Winnipeg mint, things must have changed for better or worse.

The medal shows the Winnipeg building on one side, the Ottawa building on the other ...

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on June 28, 2009, 06:09:41 PM
Then and Now: Calcutta Mint

Calcutta(Kolkatta) Mint c.1829
Watercolour of the Calcutta Mint by Thomas Prinsep (1800-1830) dated c.1829. Inscribed on the album page: 'Calcutta' and 'New Mint Calcutta'. This view is taken from the south. This Mint is situated north of Howrah Bridge on the eastern bank of the Hooghly River. It was designed by Major W.N. Forbes and formally opened in 1831.

Kolkata’s Old Silver Mint, a landmark that has seen the city change dramatically over the past 184 years, is a crumbling symbol of the city’s rich heritage. The peeling plaster of the walls and wild growth of plants fail to veil the grandeur of the Doric columns of the mint.Because of want of proper maintenance, the mint has, for over decades, stood silently as a haunted house in the busy commercial area in Burrabazar.

It is said that Raja Nabakrishna Chowdhury at Sovabazar, Prince Dwarakanath Tagore at Jorasanko and Raja Prasanna Thakur at Pathuriaghata — the three outstanding personalities of Bengali renaissance — had played a pioneering role in the establishment of the Old Silver Mint in the business area.

The mint was of great importance since it was the only one that was producing silver coins, which were in circulation at that time. As many as 3,00,000 to 6,00,000 silver coins were manufactured here daily. Gold, copper and bronze coins were also made here, and the facility for manufacturing medals was also available.

Calcutta/Kolkatta Mint c.1878

The old yellowish Grecian structure that was once the old mint complex of Kolkata, was built on an area of 12.5 acres. Its foundation stone was laid in March, 1824, and it became operational from August 1, 1829. Silver coins were minted here till 1952 and, thereafter, it was functioning as a silver refinery. But that, too, ceased to function in 1972, and the silver reserves from here were transferred to a new mint at Taratola in 1985.

Since then, the old Kolkata mint has remained closed, and the buildings remained neglected and uncared for. It now acts as a storehouse of old machinery and houses a battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

Although a decision was taken to develop the mint, which is a heritage site, into a museum along with the development of the area for tourism under a public-private partnership (PPP) with a set deadline of September, 2011, much progress is yet to be seen.

Calcutta/Kolkatta Mint c.2007

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Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Kid Romeo on August 14, 2009, 07:16:05 PM
For more about Calcutta Mint's history and about new Alipore facility, read here (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: BC Numismatics on August 14, 2009, 10:49:07 PM
  Is it possible to go on a tour of any of the mints in India?

I know that some countries absolutely refuse to allow the public to tour their mints,even though the public are contributing to the mints' operations through their taxes.This is definitely the case with the Irish Mint (Dublin) & the Maltese Mint (Valletta).

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Kid Romeo on August 14, 2009, 11:16:12 PM
Aidan, sadly our mints are no better than the Irish and Maltese mints. You can however see pics of the mint and minting processes through the photo gallery section ( of Bombay Mint's website.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Bimat on August 15, 2009, 08:32:56 AM
  Is it possible to go on a tour of any of the mints in India?
Unfortunately,it's not allowed. :( I had asked if I can take a tour of the mint,but they refused,primarily because of security.Since the mint is located exactly in the middle of South Mumbai,it has been given extremely tight security considering the possible terrorist attack.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on January 03, 2010, 01:15:16 AM
It can be done, though. Here are two medals for visitors of the Singapore mint. It takes a bit of a taxi ride, but the mint is completely open to the public. Security? Very simple. You walk around on air bridges, where you have an excellent view of what's going on, but you are high enough above the mint floor to make it impossible to get down. The mint has a large souvenir shop loaded with pseudo-issues, which, as far as they are concerned, is the object of the exercise. Note the date of establishment: 1968, shortly after independence. Pretty good achievement for a young state.

The second medal shows state symbols, a map of the city-state and the merlion, half lion, half fish, referring to Singapore's (lion city) situation on the strategically important Singapore Straits.

I just learned that the public part (the coin gallery) is now closed for visitors, as a museum (,198.msg33326.html#msg33326) has replaced it. That means you can no longer see the production process in Singapore.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: chrisild on January 05, 2010, 09:56:44 PM
The mint in Kremnica, Slovakia, can be visited by groups (min. 5, max. 25 per tour). Here is some information about the (long and interesting) history of the mint, along with some photos of the equipment. Seems you can visit either the old minting room, or the new one, or get a tour of both. The admission fees are between €1.00 and €2.70 per person, depending on how old you are, how big the group is and whether you want to see one room or two.

The Minting Room (with a tour "reservation form" at the bottom):
More about the mint and its history:

These pages are available in Slovak and German too. Click the corresponding flag at the top. Oh, and Kremnica has a numismatic museum too; see here (,198.45.html#msg33491).

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: ciscoins on January 06, 2010, 05:50:59 AM
Moscow mint (MMD) is very hard to visit. It has a museum - but inside, at the specially protected territory. I've heard only about one (sic!) excursion organized for numismatists in that museum. Only one excursion for 5 or more years. I wasn't there.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Bimat on January 06, 2010, 06:07:07 AM
Those photos of Moscow mint are stunning,ciscoins.Thanks for sharing! :)

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Splock on May 01, 2010, 10:32:26 AM
I'll never forget my disappointment at arriving at an industrial estate in South Wales on a wet weekend, may moons ago, to discover a non-descript factory masquerading as the Royal Mint. There was a little entry kiosk that you could pop in to and they had a very small set of offerings of recent releases for sale :( Meanwhile since moving to Australia my mint visits have certainly proved more interesting. The Perth Mint (, the oldest operating mint in Australia, is very open to visitors in an impressive set of buildings. The Melbourne Mint ( is fittingly now a museum and Sydney Mint ( buildings still exist, but both barely acknowledge their numismatic heritage. Next on my list is a long overdue visit to the Royal Australian Mint ( in Canberra, which has recently had a facelift and has apparently enhanced the visitor experience.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Austrokiwi on May 01, 2010, 10:49:46 AM
Hi Splock

You seem to be getting around the forums.   I had some difficulty arranging an appointment to Visit the Royal mint Museum, the problem was mainly the "shop window" staff.  I wrote one email ( having been told to email my request) outlining the purpose for the visit in some detail; clearly the person responding had not read anything I had written as she just informed me that they do not do tours of the mint for security, health and safety reasons and she then referred me to their web site where " all the information I required would be found".  That reply did not fit well with my distant Irish/Scottish ancestry  and my curt and direct response  finally lead to me being given the contact details to one of the Museums staff. From that point on everything became simple.  For my research purposes It was a very productive visit, confirming at least one hypothesis and raising one interesting new and unexpected possibility. The staff were very helpful and one had direct involvement with the coin I was researching.

I agree the mint is particularly uninspiring.  My Taxi driver ( from Cardiff Rail station to the mint) informed me there was a rumour that the mint might be closed.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: UK Decimal + on May 01, 2010, 05:58:13 PM
I had some difficulty arranging an appointment to Visit the Royal mint Museum, the problem was mainly the "shop window" staff.  ...

I totally agree with you here, I think that the staffing structure within the Royal Mint should be changed.   No doubt the 'help line' comes under the sales department whereas it should, in my experience, come under production, although I realise that much of what they have to deal with must be of a petty nature compared with some of our enquiries.   But there again, if sales was also put under production I'm sure that would be a further improvement.

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: chrisild on May 27, 2010, 08:54:08 PM
This week I visited the US Mint in Philadelphia ( Don't know whether they have any guided tours; we just looked at what is displayed there.

Basically you can simply walk in; sure they have security checks, but you don't have to make any special appointments or contact a congressperson first. We got there early in the morning; the mint opens at 9 am, and this was a pretty hot day. At the entrance we were asked for a photo ID, and inside they have a checkpoint - you are not supposed to bring any large bags etc. with you, and they don't provide lockers. So minimize what you carry when you go there. Cameras and cell phones are not allowed inside anyway.

On the ground floor there is an info desk; they have brochures about the self-guided tour in various languages. Well, I can handle English, but since they had them in German too, why not let them know that people come from DE (and that's Germany, not Delaware ;D) to visit the mint ...  They also have a souvenir store, operated by some contractor.

We took the escalators up first, and went along two long hallways with all kinds of exhibits - mostly medals that the mint made and makes, but also historic information about the mint. Now what can you see in terms of coin production? Not much. Which is not exactly surprising; you can see the "minting hall" from a gallery above, but you cannot get close to the presses. It still is quite impressive to see so many (Schuler) presses in one place.

At the end, however, there is one machine that makes or rather polishes big medals: A robot grabs one, moves it around, and finally puts it on some kind of belt. Then a mint employee picks them up (with gloves), and checks them. It would have been helpful to get more information about the process, but unfortunately most of the audio/video explanations ("press this button to learn more") were out of order.

On the way downstairs you can see additional exhibitions, e.g. about Augustus Saint-Gaudens and his designs. What I found interesting is how some designs (not only his but also others) were made with a certain denomination in mind, but ultimately used for others. The mint also has a nice collection of commemorative half dollar coins, by the way.

At the store they have mostly souvenirs with "coin themes", but also some actual coins. I bought a few items, and the cashier also gave me a schedule of the new national park quarter series. I knew that the first one (Hot Springs) had already been issued, so I asked about that one. "No, we do not sell that here", she told me, "but you can use the machine over there."

That is actually neat - they have a coin dispenser in the lobby which I had not noticed before. You enter a $1 bill, and it will return four Hot Springs quarters. (Guess that means it is "fed" with whatever quarter is the current one.) In other words, if you go to the mint, don't bring coins in, but a credit card and some paper money. :)

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Bimat on June 04, 2010, 05:41:55 PM

Mumbai Mint is one of the oldest mints of India. The history of the Mumbai mint dates back to the last quarter of the seventeenth century. It evolution over the centuries is identical with that of the rupee. The development history of coins, from manufacturing the coins in a small place by means of hammer and anvil initially, to manufacturing by automatic machines, includes many interesting stories ,for instance,in olden days the weight of the coins was decided in terms of grains.
The Mumbai Mint was established in 1829 A.D. Initially it was controlled by His Excellency, the Governor of Bombay Presidency. It was then transferred to Government of India by Finance Department Resolution No. 247, Dated: 18.5.1876. In the year 2006, Government of India took a decision to Corporatise all the Mints & Presses. Accordingly a Corporation named Security Printing & Minting Corporation of India Ltd. was formed with all the Nine Units (Mints, Presses & Paper Mills) under Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance. Thus India Government Mint, Mumbai erstwhile a Government Department under Ministry of Finance is now a part of the above referred Company under Companies Act.
The first mint at Mumbai was set up by Governor Aungier for the coinage of rupees, pies and bujrcks. The first Mumbai Mint rupee was coined in the year 1672. These coins were minted in the Mumbai castle, now INS Angre near Town Hall. A water tank was located where now stands the multi-storied building of the Reserve Bank of India.
Present Mumbai mint was constructed between the years 1824 and 1830 by Capt. John Hawkins of Bombay Engineers. Mr. James Farish was appointed as the master of mint from January 1830. For many years 1, 50,000 coins daily were produced on three steam engines in this mint.
In the year 1863 Col Ballard became the Master of Mumbai Mint. He was the most famous British Master of The Mint. He reclaimed the land from the sea which is now known as Ballard Estate, the name given to perpetuate his memory.
Initially,Mumbai mint was under the administrative control of government of Bombay. In 1876, Mumbai mint was transferred to the Government of India by finance Department Resolution NO 247, dated 18.05.1876 . Till 1893, the operation of Indian mints was regulated by Coinage Acts of XVII 1835, XIII of 1862 and XXIII of 1870. Under the new Indian Coinage Act 1906, as amended from time to time, a coin can be minted upto a denomination of Rs. one thousand.
      In 1919 Gold refinery was started in the Mumbai Mint. It employed the chlorine process for gold refining.It refined raw gold from South Africa and Indian mines.
     A new branch of the Royal Mint of London was opened here during the year 1918-1919 with the objective of coining the British sovereigns in India. After coining 12.95 lakh sovereigns, this branch was closed in April 1919.Later it was converted in to the residence of the Mint Master. It is now known as the Mint House.
Silver refinery was started in 1929. It had an installed annual capacity of 80 million ounces of silver. In 1947 pure nickel coins were minted. In 1950 the effigy of the English Monarch on the obverse was replaced by the Ashoka Pillar. From 1957 the decimal system of coinage was adopted. In 1957 Shri B.S.D Aiyar became the first Indian Mint Master
In 1964 production of commemorative coins was started. The first commemorative coin was in the memory of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.
One of the important activities of Mumbai mint is manufacturing of the reference, secondary and working standard of weights,and the secondary and working standards of capacity. Each of these standards plays a vital role in the work of the state governments by ensuring that the weights and measures used in the trade and commerce are of the required accuracy.

Source: Mumbai Mint Website (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on August 10, 2010, 02:03:06 PM
New Mint display on the money

A new display for students and visitors to the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra showing how coins are made has been unveiled.

   Chief Executive of the Mint, Ross MacDiarmid said the educational display would enlighten people about the coin production process.

   “The Mint does not make the actual blank coins,” Mr MacDiarmid said, “so up until this point we have only been able to demonstrate to visitors what happens to the blank coins once we receive them.

    “We are now able to provide a complete explanation of the coin production process from beginning to end.”

   He said the new display was part of an increased focus on delivering better educational services.

   “This is just the beginning,” he said.

   Mr MacDiarmid thanked Poongsan Corporation, the a Korean-based organisation which specialises in the development and mass production of copper-based alloys and which supplies the Mint with blanks used to create Australian coins, for donating the coin blank manufacture display.

   Attending the official presentation of the display, which took place in the tourist gallery at the Mint, were the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Dr Kim Woo Sang, and the Chairman of the Poongsan Corooration, Mr Jin Roy Ryu, along with other Poongsan representatives.

Source: PS news (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Luis on August 10, 2010, 11:02:38 PM
I just realized I'm going to be in Denver next May. I can't think of a better opportunity to visit the mint.

If I have the opportunity to do it, I will post something about it.
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: ciscoins on October 01, 2010, 11:29:14 PM
Someone at the Ukrainian numismatic forum has recorded a small fragment about Moscow mint from the TV show "I want to know". It is in Russian, but I think you will understand everything. You can download it here: (85 Mb)
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: chrisild on April 21, 2012, 04:14:46 PM
The Royal Danish Mint has just completed its move from Brøndby (a suburb of Copenhagen) to downtown Copenhagen. The new location is at the premises of the central bank (Danmarks Nationalbank). The mint is a department or operation of the central bank anyway.

Old address: Solmarksvej 5, 2605 Brøndby
New address: Havnegade 5, 1093 København

The mint officially moved on 26 March 2012. More about the central bank building, where the Danish Mint now is, can be found here (!OpenDocument). To see a booklet (PDF) about the architecture, follow the link "The publication about the Nationalbank building, pdf-fil" on the right of that page. Whether the mint can be visited there, I don't know. But I doubt it.


Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Bimat on December 30, 2016, 03:26:17 PM
U.S. Mint plans major renovations for visitors center

DECEMBER 30, 2016

The U.S. Mint in Denver has no trouble keeping enough change in circulation. It’s the tourists who want to see how money is minted that are tough to juggle.

The U.S. Mint is planning a major revamp of its Denver visitors center and Cherokee Street entrance. The plan is to reconfigure the building to allow more visitors to come through the Mint on a self-guided tour.

“That’s going to entail a lot of construction to remold the tour,” said Tom Jurkowsky, Mint spokesman. “To block off doors and exits and basically reconstruct it so we’re not limiting ourselves to 50 people on a tour, six times a day.”

Right now, the Mint’s free public tours are limited because the route goes through offices and access points to the production facility, both off-limits to the public. That means each tour requires a tour guide and a police escort, which limits capacity to about 300 visitors a day.

Compare that to the Mint’s Philadelphia location, where Jurkowsky said about 1,000 people cycled through every day.

He noted that the Philly location is in a very touristy part of the city – the Liberty Bell is just a couple blocks away – but that’s still more than twice the traffic Denver’s Mint could accommodate if it filled up every tour, six times a day for all 365 days in the year.

“In Denver, we see less people, but we want to get more,” he said. “We feel very, very constrained when we have to turn people away.”

The Denver Mint produced about 8 billion coins last year for circulation: Think your standard pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters. The Philadelphia Mint made another 8 billion in pocket change and meter feeders last year.

The U.S. Mint has two other locations at West Point and San Francisco that put out mostly bullion and collectible coins.

The Denver Mint opened at its current West Colfax location in 1906. In its first year, the facility produced about 167 million coins, according to the U.S. Mint’s website. The building has grown a lot since then to cover an entire block in the Golden Triangle.

And Jurkowsky said putting together a public tour wasn’t always a priority as the Mint grew.

“We’ve had so many add-ons, and so many additions that were made to the Mint,” he said. “There wasn’t really a prescribed tour route.”

Jurkowsky said the Mint is still very early in its planning process, and it’s a little too early to tell exactly how much work the tour renovations will require.

The project was on the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission agenda in December. Preliminary drawings do show a new, glassy entrance on the building’s Cherokee Street frontage.

Maryland-based Quatrefoil and Denver’s Roybal Corporation will head up the design and construction.

The Mint is still working on a timeline and budget as well, but Jurkowsky said in the best case scenario the Mint would be looking at debuting the new visitor’s center sometime in 2018.

Save your quarters, because the tour is free. And if everything goes as planned, you won’t need to call ahead to score one of just 50 tour spots to get a look at the Denver Mint.

“We have a great story to tell,” Jurkowsky said. “Coins are certainly a part of our country’s financial fabric, and we want to tell that story.”

Source: Business Den (
Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Figleaf on April 22, 2017, 03:11:41 PM
Kokhand in Uzbekistan: Closed to the public and not in any guide book, but the building of the Kokhand mint is on the grounds of the Khan's palace. I did something wrong, so that instead of the intended panoramic view, I have three separate pics now, so please use your fantasy...

Title: Re: Holiday guide - mints
Post by: Overlord on April 22, 2017, 04:57:37 PM
I did something wrong, so that instead of the intended panoramic view, I have three separate pics now, so please use your fantasy...

Combined the pics  :)