The Joy of Museums

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Perth Mint

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The Perth Mint is Australia’s official bullion mint and wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia. Established in 1899, before Australia’s Federation in 1901, the Perth Mint was the last of the Australian colonial branches of the United Kingdom’s Royal Mint intended to refine gold from the gold rushes and to mint gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns for the British Empire.

Today, the Perth Mint continues to provide refining services to the gold industry and manufactures many coin related numismatic items for investors and coin collectors. It is responsible for manufacturing and marketing most of Australia’s legal tender precious metal coins, including proof quality Australian Nugget gold coins, Australian Platinum Koala coins, Australian Silver Kookaburra coins and bullion.

Among the many historical objects and exhibits in the Perth Mint, the following are some highlights:

To help you better appreciate the Perth Mint, the following guides will be helpful:

Essential Facts:

  • Name:                       Perth Mint
  • Opened:                    1899
  • Type:                         Mint Museums
  • Location:                  Hay Street, East Perth, Western Australia
  • City:                           Perth

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Photo Credit: By GordonMakryllos (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons