Introduction
Association
Mint History
Coinage
Technology
Restoration
Publications
Articles
Research
Visit the Mint
Visit Segovia
Links
World Mints
Press
 

THE COINS STRUCK IN SEGOVIA FROM 30 B.C. TO 1869

Photos of all the coins struck at both Segovia Mints from 30 B.C. to 1869, with their descriptions and other relevant material.  This book is our way of celebrating the restoration of the Segovia Mint (2007-2012).
Read more and purchase book


Edited by the Friends of the
Segovia Mint Association.
Author: Dr. Glenn Murray
.


ASSOCIATION PROPOSAL:
EXPOSITION ON COINS
AT THE MINT

Our proposal to finance, design, create, install and open for  the public a series of 3 temporary expositions on Coins, Mints and coining Machinery, as an introduction to the future Museum of Coining Technology at the Segovia Mint.  We also propose to establish the Library and Research Center of the future Museum.
Proposal in .pdf



Our May 7, 2012 proposal.


ASSOCIATION PROPOSAL
FOR THE ODDYSEY TREASURE TO BE RESTORED AT THE SEGOVIA MINT

Weeks after the Odyssey treasure was returned to Spain, the Association submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Culture suggesting that the badly corroded coins and other items of the now famous treasure be restored at the Segovia Mint, in a special two-year tecnical exposition where visitors would be able to view the on going restoration.
Proposal in .pdf



Our March 13, 2012 proposal.


SPECIAL REPORT
BY THE ASSOCIATION

CRITIQUE OF THE
SEGOVIA MINT RESTORATION

One year after the completion of the restoration work on the Segovia Mint, the Association has prepared this special report on certain aspects which we believe are not acceptable according to proper scientific and technical critera, and thus should be eventually modified when time and money permit. 
Special report in .pdf



Special report of May 18, 2012.



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VISIT THE SEGOVIA MINT:
THE MINT IS NOW FULLY RESTORED !

Information about guided tours of the Segovia Mint building, and a large selection of the latest photos of the reconstructed Mint. Please be advised however, that the "Mint Museum of Technology" still needs to be funded and created, and that visitors see only empty buildings and the patios.
Section: VISIT THE MINT



Fin de la obra de rehabilitación.


VIDEOS OF THE
RESTORED SEGOVIA MINT

Videos of the official visit to the Royal Segovia Mint after the restoration of the Industrial Heritage site. Filmed by Javier López Alarma [Segovia al Día], posted on YouTube.
INAUGURATION VIDEO
LINKS PAGE




Videos of the restored Segovia Mint.
info@segoviamint.org
 

GLENN MURRAY RECEIVES
THE GRAND PRIZE
EUROPA NOSTRA AWARD

(Royal Palace of El Pardo)
25 November 2010

The President and Founder of the Association, Dr. Glenn Murray, has received the Grand Europa Nostra prize, handed to him by the Queen of Spain, H.M. Doña Sofia, in the celebration held by HISPANIA NOSTRA and the Royal House for the award winners of 2009 ahd 2010.

The Segovians invited and present handed the Queen an artistically cut coin, donated by the Association in the name of all segovians.  The coin, a commemorative of the Royal Family, struck in 1990, was specially cut by our member and world expert in this rare art:  Geovanny Castañeda. The coin, from the Glenn Murray collection, had been used for years by the Association to show people the size and weight of the 50 real cincuentin pieces.  It has passed through the hands of thousands of Segovians on the guided Mint visits which we offered for many years.
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Murray receives the award from the Queen.


EUROPA NOSTRA award winners 2009 and 2010, with the Queen.


Specially cut coin which the Association
gave to the Queen.

 


GLENN MURRAY RECEIVES
THE GRAND PRIZE
EUROPA NOSTRA AWARD
(Taormina, Sicily)
5 junio 2009

The President and Founder of the Association, Dr. Glenn Murray, recieved three awards during the month of June 2009:

  
Grand Prize winner of the "EUROPEAN UNION PRIZE FOR CULTURAL HERITAGE / EUROPA NOSTRA AWARD" 2009.

  Winner of the V Peñalosa Medal "MEDALLA PEÑALOSA", for the defense of the Cultural-Artistic Heritage of Segovia.

  Winner of the "SEGOVIAN OF THE YEAR" 2009 award.





Murray receives the Grand Prize of
10.000 euros from Her Royal Highness
the Infanta Doña Pilar de Borbón,
President of EUROPA NOSTRA.


PURCHASE OUR COINS

The Association has struck many varieties of coins with our custom designed dies: 10 obverse and 3 reverse dies.  To see these coins and print an order form, follow this link:
BUY COINS



Buy a coining die of your own design and we will take our hammer-press and the Segovia Mint to your inaugurations, fiestas and other special events. 
info@segoviamint.org


VIDEOS ABOUT
THE SEGOVIA MINT 

 In this new page, we offer direct links to videos related to the Segovia Mint on YouTube
VIDEO LINKS PAGE



PHOTOS OF THE RESTORATION WORK AT THE SEGOVIA MINT

We have a large selection of photos of the restoration project carried out  at the Segovia Mint from February 2007 to May of 2011.  The construction work went well and the results are superb.  We have been spearheading every step of the effort for over 18 years and are extremely pleased to see that our dreams and plans are finally coming true.  See all our photos in: RESTORATION

 

  

New photos January 2010

New DELAY:
work will continue at least until
31 December 2010



the COINING TECHNOLOGY HERITAGE project 

New project led by the Friends of the Segovia Mint Association and the Landesmuseum für Technik und Arbeit in Mannhein, Germany, for the study and documentation of coining machines, tools and processes of the 16, 17 and 18th centuries.
C.T.H. PAGE

 



NEW JEWELERY PRODUCTS CREATED FROM OUR COINS

With these handcrafted cut-out versions of our coins, we hope to show one more product that could be made and sold in the workshops of the future Segovia Mint Museum.

 



LAUNCHING OF OUR NEW SAN FRUTOS DIE, with latent image

The latest die by our member engraver, Juan Jose Sanchez Castaño. These new pieces will be struck during the San Frutos festivities, Saturday, October 24, at the door to the Cathedral, just below the statue of San Frutos.  Sunday October 25, we offer a guided tour of the Eresma River along side the mint building.
SAN FRUTOS PROGRAM
 



A "latent image" simulates the Passing of the Page!


NEW BROCHURE ABOUT THE MINT

Thanks to the continued support of the CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF SEGOVIA, the Association has been able to publish a new brochure about the Mint, in which we show our support towards the Mint Restoration as the "Flagship Project" of the candidature of Segovia to be the European Capital of Culture in 2016.    
BROCHURE IN .pdf
 

 








THE ASSOCIATION REQUESTS THE  "EUROPEAN HERITAGE SEAL" FOR THE SEGOVIA MINT

On July 13, 2009, the Association officially requested this new recognition for the the Segovia Mint.  The "European Heritage Seal" is a new award scheme established in 2007 by the European Union for the purpose of spotlighting monuments and natural spaces that have played an essential role in the history of Europe.
(read more).

 



WORLD MINTS INVENTORY

The Association is spearheading, with TICCIH International, a project to locate world mints which produced coins in the modern era, from 1500.   
WORLD MINTS INVENTORY

 




MAJOR BOOK DONATION TO OUR LIBRARY

Member Javier Verdejo has donated a collection of 392 coin auction catalogs dating from the early 70s through 2009 to the library of the Association.  This is his third major dotantion of books and we now have catalogs from virtually every important auction which has taken place over the past 40 years.  We invite members to continue expanding our library.



THE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF SEGOVIA presents a new book by Dr. Glenn Murray

The book explains the scientific reasoning behind the proposal of the Chamber of Commerce that the Royal Mint of Segovia be recognized as the "Oldest, most advanced and complete industrial manufacturing plant in the world" and as such, be declared a "Heritage of Mankind" site.  
SEE .pdf VERSION OF BOOK.

 


     


NEW COIN LAUNCHED ON "MINT DAY"

The Association has launched coins struck with our new reverse die during the celebration of the 2nd anniversary of "Mint Day", February 14, 2009.  The new die was designed by our engraver and member Juan Jose Sanchez, and carries the date 2009.  See all of our coins in: ASSOCIATION



Buy a coining die of your own design and we will take our hammer-press and the Segovia Mint to your inaugurations, fiestas and other special events. 
info@segoviamint.org


THE HISTORY OF THE MINT IN A   COMIC

You can learn the history of the Segovia Mint in a fun and easy way through this comic, with illustrations by the famous Segovian humorist and painter, Jose Orcajo, and texts by historian Glenn Murray.
SEE COMIC ON FACEBOOK


 


OUR SECTIONS

 


The Association

Friends of the Segovia Mint was established on November 5, 1993 to promote the restoration of the famous mint in Segovia, 53 miles from Madrid, Spain.  In this section we offer photos of our headquarters on the Plaza de la Merced, in Segovia, as well as photos of all the coins we have struck on our hammer press.

 

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Mint History

The Segovia Mint has a fascinating history. It was built in 1583 by Juan de Herrera, Spain's most famous architect of all time, and equipped with the most modern German waterwheel-driven minting technology. Today, the site is considered to be the oldest industrial building still standing in Spain and one of the oldest remaining in the world. (Translation in Esperanto)

 


Coinage

A variety of gold, silver, and copper coins and medal were produced at the Segovia mill mint from 1586 up until 1868, when it was closed and all minting activities were finally consolidated in Madrid.

 


Minting Technology

The Royal Mill Mint of Segovia was one of the first examples of a truly complex, mechanized industrial manufacturing plant in the history of mankind. Today, the Segovia Mint building is considered to be the oldest original example in the world, still standing, of a structure specifically designed as a mechanized industrial manufacturing plant. In this section, we examine the development of minting technology and its relation to the Segovia Mint. (This page takes a moment to open).

 


Restoration Project

The idea to save the historic Segovia Mint has slowly taken shape over the past 40 years. In this section, we show photos of the restoration project which began on February 14, 2007 and finished on May 19, 2011, three days before municipal elections.  Here you can see photos of the different stages of work on the Mint.

 


Publications

Here you can find our bibliography listing all publications about the Segovia Mint and related subjects.

 


Articles

In this section we publish articles written specifically for the FRIENDS OF THE SEGOVIA MINT website. We will attempt to publish several articles a year and invite submissions from all interested contributors.

 

1.  The Effects of the Great Potosi Mint Scandal in Spain.
2.  The Royal Mil Mint of Segovia: a Hydraulic Coining Factory.
3.  Auction of the Madrid, Seville, Segovia and Jubia Mints (1863-1883).
4.  El Vellon de Molino y la Mecanizacion a la Segoviana de las Cecas Castellanas.
5.  Los Cincuentines de la Coleccion Marques de Solanes.
6.  The Hall Mint in Tyrol during the 15th and 16th Century and its relation to Spain.
7.  King Philip II: The Missing Assayer Mark on his Coins from the Segovia Mint.


Research And Investigation

Now you can use our powerful search engine to consult over 6,000 files in our data base of historic documents.  Our team has worked daily in the General Archive of Simancas (foto) for over 10 years in order to compile these documents on the Segovia Mint, all other Spanish Mints and Monetary Policy of the 15th  through 18th centuries.

 


Visit The Mint

Information about guided tours of the Segovia Mint building, and a large selection of the latest photos of the reconstructed Mint. Please be advised however, that the "Mint Museum of Technology" still needs to be funded and created, and that visitors see only empty buildings and the patios.

 


Visit Segovia

The city of Segovia, declared "Heritage of Mankind" by UNESCO in 1985, is one of Spain's most popular tourist destinations.  It is just under one hour by car from Madrid and its international airport, and only 25 minutes by the high speed bullet train.


A.  Segovia Mint


Links

This section contains links to other numismatic sites, official government and private mints from around the world, and links to information about Segovia. 

 


World Mints

WORLD MINTS INVENTORY

The Association is spearheading a project to locate world mints which produced coins in the modern era, from 1500. 

 


Press

In this section we offer an extensive list of press clippings about the Segovia Mint and the Association ranging from the most recent news items to the oldest.

 


Euromint Project

The Friends of the Segovia Mint Association participated in a project of the European Commission's External Interregional Cooperation Projects, Ecos-Ouverture Programme, titled: "EuroMint - Medieval and Early Modern European Mints Itinerary". The project which lasted from 2000 to 2002 was headed up by a team representing the historic Oporto Mint in Portugal, with participation of two other principal groups, one representing the Segovia Mint in Spain, and the other the old Kutná Hora Mint in the Chech Republic. The project aims at creating an itinerary of historic European Mints, among other aspects which are explained in detail on the Project's web site.

 

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