Casa Nacional de la Moneda
The National Mint is Potosí’s star attraction and one of South America’s finest museums. Potosí’s first mint was constructed on the...
Marco Polo Tours
Boss Wily of this reader-recommended agency is a former miner who speaks good English. The visit is to the Qory Mayu cooperative mine;...
Small group tours available in English and French to the mines as well as further afield, such as to Salar de Uyuni.
La Casona Pub
This atmospheric pub is tucked away in the historic 1775 home of the royal envoy sent to administer the mint. It’s a friendly watering...
Ayacucho at Bustillos · interesting places nearby
National Mint information
The National Mint is Potosí’s star attraction and one of South America’s finest museums. Potosí’s first mint was constructed on the present site of the Casa de Justicia in 1572 under orders from the Viceroy of Toledo. This, its replacement, is a vast and strikingly beautiful building that takes up a whole city block. It was built between 1753 and 1773 to control the minting of colonial coins; legend has it that when the king of Spain saw the bill for its construction, he exclaimed ‘that building must be made of silver’ (expletive presumably deleted). These coins, which bore the mint mark ‘P, ’ were known as potosís.