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Kremnica and its mint

MINING TOWNS have played a unique role in Slovak history. One of them, Kremnica, has been producing coins for centuries. Until the second half of the 18th century, the coins were made exclusively from gold or silver, which were among the minerals being mined near the town.

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MINING TOWNS have played a unique role in Slovak history. One of them, Kremnica, has been producing coins for centuries. Until the second half of the 18th century, the coins were made exclusively from gold or silver, which were among the minerals being mined near the town. But after the Maria Theresa monarchy went bankrupt, the lower denominations were made from copper.

The coin makers of Kremnica learned their craft from other coin makers in Kutná Hora during the reign of King Charles Robert.

Since the Kreminca Mint was founded in 1328, it has produced coins continuously, making it the mint with the longest uninterrupted operation in the world. This postcard shows a view of it in 1934.


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