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Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda

The Imprensa Nacional-Casa da Moeda, is the Portuguese Mint and national money printing press. They are administered by the Portugese Ministry of Finance and located in Lisbon. The primary duties of the Mint today are producing circulating coinage, subway tokens and medals, as well as printing bank notes, stamps, and identification documents requiring anti-counterfeiting technology, like passports. It also publishes the Official Journal (Diário da República), an official publication of the Portugese Government which stands as a record of all government actions that impact Portugal. Since 1882 the Portugese Mint has operated an Assay Office which oversees the precious metals and jewelry industry in Portugal.

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Historic information

The Portuguese Mint is the oldest continuously operated government institution and manufacturing concern in Portugal. It was established in the late 13th century.

In 1678 the Portugese Mint adopted the use of a coin press to produce high quality and a high quantity of milled coinage. Prior to 1678 the Portugese Mint produced hammered coinage. In 1835, the Mint procured one of the first steam engines used in Portugal to power the mechanical coin press. That press was purchased from the English firm Boulton and Watt, and was identical to the one used by the British Royal Mint.

The Mint moved to its current location in 1941. Prior to 1941, it produced coinage in a number of locations.

In 1972 the Portugese Mint was merged with the Imprensa Nacional (National Press), the Portugese money printing authority.