|Jurisdiction||Federal government of Mexico|
|Agency executive||Director, Óscar Levín Coppel (acting)|
|Parent agency||Secretariat of Finance and Public Credit|
The Mexican Mint was established in 1535 by the Spanish viceroy Antonio de Mendoza by a decree from the Spanish Crown to create the first mint in the Americas. The mint's silver eight-real coins and its successor coin, the silver peso, circulated widely in the Americas and Asia well into the 19th century and became the basis of the modern national currencies of many countries in these parts of the world, including the United States dollar, the Japanese yen and the Chinese yuan .
Since 1983, coins are only produced in San Luis Potosí. The ancient headquarters are currently the Museo Nacional de las Culturas in Mexico City. The mint's main client is the Bank of Mexico. Since December 2006 Dr. Oscar Levín Coppel has served as the mint's director general.
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