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Reutilization of Our Industrial Heritage: The Unique Example of the Royal Segovia Mint in Spain (1583)

  • Glenn Stephen Murray Fantom
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Part of the History of Mechanism and Machine Science book series (HMMS, volume 14)

Abstract

In this conference we will explain the reasons for which the Royal Segovia Mint is considered to be the world’s oldest, most complete, still standing, complex, departmentalized industrial manufacturing plant designed for in-series, mechanical production. We will also review the project currently under way to convert the historic site into a living workshop museum of coining technology (Fig. 1).

Keywords

Eighteenth Century Industrial Revolution Sixteenth Century Industrial Plant Manufacturing Plant 
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Acknowledgements

José María Izaga Reiner, member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, for his assistance regarding industries other than minting.

Juan José Sánchez Castaño, minting technology expert and graduate of the School of Engraving at the Royal Spanish Mint, Madrid, Spain, for information regarding dies.

Andreas Fitzel, historian of the first German engraver to work at the Segovia Mint, for his translations from German to English, and for providing photographs.

Werner Nuding, member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, and master carpenter and builder of the life-size and fully functioning coin rolling mill in operation since 2003 at the Mint Museum at Hall in Tirol, Austria, for information and photographs.

Andreas Ablinger, member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, and director of the Mint Museum at Hall in Tirol, Austria, for information and photographs.

Julio Torres, member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, for providing photos of minting machines.

Carmen Marcos and Paloma Otero, director and assistant of the numismatic section of the National Museum of Archaeology, for permission to photograph coins at the National Museum of Archaeology.

Juan Teodoro, director of the Madrid Mint Museum, for permission to photograph roller-dies at the Madrid Mint Museum.

Edgar Valda, director of the Museum at the historic Potosi Mint, Bolivia, for his special assistance.

Jorge Soler, member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, for information and drawings of the Segovia Mint’s canals.

Javier Verdejo Sitges, member of the Scientific Committee of the Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, for photographs.

Credits

Archivo General de Simancas, Valladolid, Spain

Archivo General de Indias, Seville, Spain

Archivo de Palacio, Madrid, Spain.

Archivo Histórico Nacional, Madrid, Spain

Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid, Spain

National Library, Paris, France

National Museum of Archaeology, Madrid, Spain

Spanish Mint Museum, Madrid, Spain

Saxony State Archive, Weimar, Germany.

Schweizerisches Landesmuseum, Zurich, Switzerland.

Rosgartenmuseum, Konstanz, Germany.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Segovia Mint Foundation, Friends of the Segovia Mint AssociationSegoviaSpain

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