While many museums around the world have numismatic collections, museums devoted exclusively to numismatic are rare. This item from India discussed a new numismatic museum under construction there. -EditorsThe Governor of West Bengal, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, laid the foundation stone for the Currency and Coins Museum here, in the presence of the Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram, on Monday.
The museum will be a revamped structure in the Old Mint Complex, declared a prime heritage structure by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. A sum of Rs. 147 crore has been earmarked for the project, slated for completion by September 2011.
A consortium of firms consisting of Eden Infra Projects Private Limited and the U.S.-based D&F Construction Group and Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn Architects will implement the project on a public-private partnership with the Government of India.
A testimony to the dominance of colonial architecture sheathed over a replica of Greek Art, the Old Mint was on the verge of collapse.
The Old Mint Complex dates back to 1824, after which the Silver Mint was opened for production on August 1, 1829. Silver coin minting ceased in 1952 and thereafter it functioned as a silver refinery also stopped operations in 1972. The silver reserves were transferred to the new mint at Taratala in 1985.
To read the complete article, see Foundation stone laid for currency museum (http://www.hindu.com/2008/12/09/stories/2008120961712000.htm)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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