How money was made before our time 24 октября 2016 года

Two new exhibits have appeared at the History of Money exposition created at the initiative of Goznak and located in Anninskiy Cavalier of the Peter and Paul Fortress. They enable the visitors to see how the mint and the paper mill operated in the 18th century.

A manuscript dated 1779 by Andrey Nartov (a scientist and inventor, the son of the personal turner of Peter the Great) became the model basis. Melting furnaces, machines, a screw press for coin minting have been reproduced in miniature. The project makers followed the manuscript images and consulted the specialists of the Russian equipment of the time. As a result, the visitors may receive an almost complete idea of the labour of the Petersburg coin minters of the 18th century, when the machines were  started not with steam engines but with the power of men and horses.  

The other automatic model demonstrates the production process at the paper mill of the 18th century. In olden times, paper was made of rags. They were subjected to putrefaction, then pounded with special pestles, and then sheets were made with the help of special metallic grids, glued, dried, pressed. Authentic images of the paper mills of the 17th and 18th centuries were applied in the model development.

The project makers managed to make the figures of people move, rotate the presses and put the coins under them, blow the bellows, cast, glue, dry the paper etc.

Source: Sankt-Peterburgskie Vedomosti. 21.10.2016.
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