Hundreds of coins, banknotes, banknote design projects, among them have never been in circulation, as well as orders, decorations and medals, money boxes and coin ornaments (of more than 2,500 expositions). This unique collection is presented at the Money Museum, which is housed in the Anninsky Cavalieri building, Peter and Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg.
Most tourists are attracted to the 5-kilogram gold and silver commemorative coins minted in the St. Petersburg Mint, which is the heaviest coin in Russia.
A little history
St. Petersburg Mint is the largest in the world and one of the oldest in the country, it started working at the beginning of the 18th century. For hundreds of years, it has accumulated a large amount of exhibitions, which, it was decided to combine in a single Museum dedicated mostly to the history of banknotes and coins in Russia.
In the 19th century, Mint was a separate building, this one was built in the square of the cathedral, where it works at the present time. Apart from that, there are several branches in the territory of the fort, in particular and Cavalier Anninsky.
The exhibition “History of Money” opened on July 1, 2016 after a complete renovation of the museum.
¿What can you see?
The exhibition space has 2 floors and an area of almost 2,000 square meters. You can see the first Russian coins, learn about the “coinless period” between the 12th and 14th centuries, as well as why the coin is called “scales”, and when the platinum coins were minted.
Among the only exhibits, there are two automatic designs, with which every visitor can see as if they were in the 18th century. The Mint has been working with the paper mill, it is not only an image, but also can appreciate the process of production in the dynamics: the figures of people who move, the use of plaster, gluing and dry paper.
Address: St. Petersburg, Peter and Paul Fortress, 3, letter “W”.
To get to the Money Museum you can take the metro (stop at the stations “Gorki” or “Sports”). The museum is located in Anninsky Cavalieri, next to the cathedral square.
Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily except Thursdays; Locker closes at 19:30.
Admission: adults – 200 RUB; For students and retirees – 100 RUB; Ticket with service of excursions and scheduled visits 250 and 150 RUB respectively.