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In this section we publish articles written specifically for the Friends of the Segovia Mint web site. Please see our guidelines for referencing the articles, and submitting new articles for publication.

September, 2001
Francisco Jovel, y Roberto Jovel

The Effects of the Great Potosí Mint Scandal in Spain

In this article, the authors describe the effects caused in Spain by the great mint scandal which took place in Potosi during the reign of King Philip IV. (Spanish only).

July, 2001
Glenn Murray

The Royal Mill Mint of Segovia: a Hidraulic Coining Factory

In this article, the president of the Association describes the importance of the Segovia Mint, with special reference to the technology used and description of the canals and waterwheels (Spanish only).

Marzo, 2001
Esperanza Casado Aguado


(in spanish)

April, 1999
Glenn Murray

El Vellón De Molino Y La Mecanización A La Segoviana De Las Cecas Castellanas

(in spanish)

No description available yet.

March, 1999
Glenn Murray

Los Cincuentines De La Colección Marqués De Solanes

(in spanish)

Article on the auction in Zurich (Switzerland) of 15 cincuentines (50 real pieces), which covers the historic circumstances surrounding the striking of these coins, as well as the estimated and realized prices (presently available only in spanish).

1998, November
Heinz Moser

The Hall Mint in Tirol during the 15th and 16th Century and its relation to Spain.

(original German version)

In this article written especially for the Friends of the Segovia Mint Association, the famous Austrian Historian, Dr. Heinz Moser, recounts the early history of the Hall Mint , in the Tirolean region of Austria. He then explains the special relationship this Mint developed with oficials in Spain and the subsequent transfer of the mechanized minting technology to the city of Segovia. Dr. Moser’s account of this history is of particular interest since it is based on documents found in Austrian Archives, providing additional evidence in support of other documents found by other investigators in spanish Archives.

1998, April
Glenn Murray

King Philip II: The Missing Assayer Mark on His Coins from the Segovia Mint

One of the greatest mysteries of modern Spanish coinage is the missing assayer mark on all of the coins King Philip II struck from his own silver ingots between 1586 and 1598 at his private waterpowered Mint in Segovia, Spain. This article explores the probable reasons for the omission of a symbol which was required to appear on Spanish coinage since 1497; uncovering what appears to have been a monetary experiment carefully planned by the King himself, but which was interpreted as nothing less than a scandalous affair by contemporaries of the period.