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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mint_(coin)

 

http://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zecca_(moneta)

[..] THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD "MINT" IS ASCRIBED TO THE MANUFACTURE OF SILVER COIN AT ROME IN 269 BC AT THE TEMPLE

OF JUNO MONETA. THIS GODDESS BECAME THE PERSONIFICATION

OF MONEY.

 

[...] ROMAN MINTS WERE SPREAD WIDELY ACROSS THE EMPIRE,

AND WERE SOMETIMES USED FOR PROPAGANDA PURPOSES.