Casa de Moneda

This is one of the most ancient properties in Guanajuato; it dates back to 1678 and was originally the private home of a wealthy miner, Gerónimo de Fernández. In 1714 the army captain, and also a miner, Juan de Sopeña y Herrán, who re-built and expanded it, bought it. By the end of that century, it was acquired by the Royal Tobacco Factory of the Spanish Crown (Real Renta del Tabaco de la Corona Española).

When Mexico gained its Independence and therefore had its own economic system, the former colonial residence served as the venues of the recently created Mint of Guanajuato from 1821 to 1900, when it was officially closed by the then President Porfirio Díaz, who established a new currency policy that centralized money emission in the capital of the country. Since then, the property has been used by different federal government agencies, and its upper level is used by Radio Universidad de Guanajuato (University managed radio station).

The Casa de Moneda, or Guanajuato State Mint, is one of the city’s oldest buildings. Dating all the way back to 1678, it was originally the ho me of wealthy mine owner Gerónimo de Fernández. Then, in 1714, it was bought by fellow mine owner and army captain Juan de Sopeña y Herrán, who  rebuilt and enlarged the building. Next, towards the end of the eighteenth century, the building was acquired by the Spanish Crown to serve as the Royal Tobacco Factory.

Then, when Mexico gained its independence – and therefore control of its own economy – the building was chosen to house the recently created State Mint, a role it fulfilled up to 1900, when it was closed down by President Porfirio Díaz, who established a new currency policy centralizing the production of the Mexican peso in Mexico City. Since that time, the building has been used by a variety of government agencies and its upper floor is currently occupied by the University of Guanajuato’s own radio station.