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'Hamilton' boosts interest in '10 dollar Founding Father'

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of "Hamilton" at the Public Theater's pre-Broadway run.

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton” at the Public Theater’s pre-Broadway run.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON is money in the bank.

“Hamilton,” the Broadway musical about the “10 dollar Founding Father” racked up a massive $ 30 million advance, but it’s also churning up the Benjamins and interest far beyond the Great White Way.

The show by Lin-Manuel Miranda is a red-hot ticket. And so is Ron Chernow’s bio that inspired it, even though it’s been out since 2004.

“All editions of the book have been checked out in physical book, ebook and audio book,” says a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library.

To meet increased demand, the library system ordered 26 copies of the physical book. It’s also ordering additional copies of the ebook.

“We have 130 holds on 10 books, 116 holds on 24 ebooks, and 27 holds on six audiobooks,” adds the library flack.

The ripple effect of the musical reaches to a memorial in Harlem, the Museum of Finance and even the power player’s burial place.

“People who’ve seen the show have been inspired to come and visit us” and vice versa, says Liam Strain, a ranger at Hamilton Grange, the Founding Father’s country estate at W. 141st. St.

Hamilton’s second home is now a National Park Service site and admission is free. But keepsakes of the political power player who died in 1804 are brisk sellers. Resin busts priced at about $ 30 are “hard to keep on the shelves,” says Strain.

At the Museum of American Finance, which is housed in the Wall St. building that was originally Hamilton’s Bank of New York, the musical has sparked first-timers.

“One gentleman came to the museum directly from seeing a matinee of the show, as he was interested in viewing original Hamilton documents,” says Ben Uirzar, assistant director of visitor services.

On Saturday, he adds, “a mother and son visited the museum. The mother mentioned they had both recently seen the musical, which introduced the son to Hamilton. They visited because he was excited about Hamilton and interested in learning more about his life.”

General admission is typically $ 5 for students — but it’s free now through Labor Day.

At Trinity Church, at Broadway and Wall St., where Hamilton and his wife, Elizabeth, are buried, the hiphip-infused musical has inspired displays of love to bloom.

“We recently welcomed two twentysomething women who had just seen the show,” says Trinity spokesman Nathan Brockman. “They brought flowers to put on Hamilton’s grave.”

We recently welcomed two twentysomething women who had just seen the show. They brought flowers to put on Hamilton’s grave.

How influential is the “Hamilton Effect”? Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew has backed off on his initial announcement that he intended to remove his illustrious predecessor from the $ 10 bill.

A marble Hamilton monument in Central Park amid a grove of cherry trees near the Metropolitan Museum of Art got its own sort of TLC, which happily took place just in time for the Broadway show.

“We gave him a treatment in late June,” says a spokeswoman for the nonprofit Central Park Conservancy. “It included a water wash with mild soap and natural bristle brush. Hamilton gets a light-pressure wash because you don’t want to get too aggressive with stone. We got him done in a day.”

Strain, a Brooklyn-raised history buff with degrees in political science and public administration, likes all the attention.

“I’m a New Yorker,” he says. “I didn’t learn anything about Alexander Hamilton in junior high or in high school. But then I became very interested. He was an illustrious New Yorker and part in the American Revolution.”

Strain is as much a fan of “Hamilton” as he is of Hamilton.

“I saw the show,” he says. “I was very impressed.”

Word of mouth like that is pure gold — something that Hamilton himself could well appreciate.

jdziemianowicz@nydailynews.com

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