People can now take a close look at how coins they carry in their pockets are made thanks to a new virtual reality application developed by the Czech Mint in cooperation with the Virtuplex.
Present the Czech Mint’s work, including the minting of coins, to the general public. Like other commercial mints, the Czech Mint makes coins and medals from precious metals such as gold and silver. However, what makes it different from others is the minting of legal tender coins that we all use. In other words, the Czech Mint’s products can be found in every household. But how are
they actually made? The Czech Mint decided to present that process to the general public using virtual reality.
The virtual app has 4 sections:
So far, the project is just part of the store in Prague’s Havelská street. If successful, the Czech Mint wants to gradually expand it to other stores in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The Story of Czech Coins
The World EXPO motivated the Czech Mint to take advantage of the potential offered by virtual reality, specifically the experience and ability to tour the Czech pavilion before it was actually built at the site. This case led the Czech Mint to leverage the same technology for presenting itself to the public.
The goal of the resulting visualization was to transfer the experience of seeing the minting of coins and medals down to the smallest detail. The developers even allowed visitors to use the same 2 buttons used in reality to operate the minting machines. Usually, people can see these machines only during an open house event, but this new application allows them to see the process whenever they desire instead of a specific day. They also can mint their own virtual Czech Lion medals.