The history of the Salvadoran currency in one of the oldest buildings in the country

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Editorial Dept. Voz de la Diaspora / Cafocares

One of the oldest buildings in the capital of El Salvador, now open to the public as a museum, the history of the Salvadoran currency is safeguarded.

Bustle and clutter of the capital go unnoticed in which was the first building of the Central Reserve Bank, one of the most important banking institutions that had the Central American country.

Now, this place houses the Museum and Library "Luis Alfaro Durán", which it was inaugurated 29 October 2014, on the anniversary 80 from the bank. Your name, It is in honor of the first president of the institution.

"The initiative of creating this place responds to the importance of having a museum currency, As in most Latin American countries. With the peculiarity that in this museum, the first one displays its own technological equipment time when the BCR was created ", said Jose Armando Castillo, Library manager BCR.

This center keeps intact the history of the old currency of El Salvador and the evolution of which was the national currency: the columbus, before dollarization, in 2001 and the founding of the major banking institutions in the country, before the privatization of the Salvadoran Banking.

Here coins and banknotes were issued in the country are displayed; as well as the history of Central Bank with the equipment used since this entity began operations.

The most attractive exhibition is called “The vault”. In this room, It is one of the oldest country platform lifts.

The whole exhibition is open to domestic and foreign tourists, and all people who want to know more about the “Tom Thumb of America”, It is known as the smallest country in Central America.

In the place, you can take guided tours. The library and museum are open from Tuesday to Saturday 9:00 a.m. a 12:00 a.m. and of 1:00 p.m. a 5:00 p.m. Admission is free.

The restoration of the facilities of the old building and maintenance of the museum's exhibits was made possible by the collaboration of the Museum of Anthropology at the Technological University of El Salvador and the Central Reserve Bank.

The next 19 of June, BCR comply 85 years of foundation, and on that date the Library "Luis Alfaro Durán" comply 65 years of foundation.