In April 1561 Diego Lopez de Zuñiga asked the Spanish Crown for the authorization to establish a "currency house" in Lima to bring order to the various currencies issued in the country. The permission for unified silver coins was granted by Felipe II in August 1565. The production began almost immediately in the Government Palace and other places, later then as well in the "Casa de la Moneda".
Exterior view of the Casa de la Moneda (The House of Money)
Beautiful iron portal of the Casa de la Moneda on Jiron Junin in Lima's city center.
Exterior view of the Casa de la Moneda (The House of Money)in Lima
Casa de la Moneda in yesteryears
This beautiful preserved mansion housed for some time the ancient "Tribunal Mayor de Cuentas" (main court of auditors or main court of accounts). Since 2004 one floor of the building is occupied by the Museo Numismatico del Perú (Numismatic Museum) with its amazing exhibition of fantastic ancient Peruvian coins and banknotes. The collection beautifully visualizes the history of money in Peru.
The Casa de la Moneda houses the Numismatic Museum (Museo Numismatico) with an amazing collection of old coins and banknotes.
In the interior of the Casa de la Moneda you find an amazing glass ceiling.
The Numismatic Museum located inside the Casa de la Moneda visualizes the history of the Peruvian currency.
The Numismatic Museum inside the Casa de la Moneda doesn’t only show and explain the currency itself with displaying unique pieces of different types of currencies, but as well the manufacturing process, the changes it went through, the art behind it and the importance of it for the economic development of Peru.
Old Peruvian banknotes displayed in the Numismatic Museum