Tour of the Guatemalan Numismatic Museum

In 1733 the first coin was minted in Guatemala. One hundred and forty one years would have to go by before the population of the country would see the first bill issued locally.

The term numismatic comes from the Latin numisma that means coin; and it is a word that defines the study and collection of coins as well as paper money issued by the State with officially designated designs. The pieces issued are backed up by the issuing body; have full validity, nationally and internationally, based on the registries of the mentioned body, general circulation and unlimited libratory powers.

There are other numismatic forms that exist in Guatemala such as “cedulas” and “private coins” that were used regionally during the XIX and XX centuries; documents or pieces with intrinsic value by assignation of jurisdictional value. In the same manner the numismatic discipline is interested in instruments used for coin minting and/or bill printing.

The monetary pieces incorporate a nominal value immersed in a highly artistic and historic merit. Its study leads to the learning of the different eras of the issuing country, the most important and transcendental events which are indicative of the economic and financial context, commerce, customs, religions, political history and the art throughout the different human generations.

The Banco de Guatemala hopes to contribute to the preservation and diffusion of national culture in the operation of this museum and is happy to offer the delegates of the High Security Printing conference a tour of its numismatic heritage in this museum.

Buses will depart 14.30 from the conference hotel. If you would like to join the tour please email: [email protected]