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Perth Mint

Address: 310 Hay Street East Perth WA 6004
Phone: 08 9421 7469

Tags: jewellery, gifts, coins, historical, gold bars, coins, architecture, mint

The multi award-winning tourist attraction – The Perth Mint, is one of the world’s oldest mints still operating from its original premises and one of Western Australia’s most historic buildings.

The Mint was established in 1899 as a branch of the British Royal Mint to refine gold from Western Australia’s newly discovered goldfields and to strike gold sovereigns for the Empire.

The Perth Mint offers a unique combination of activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, enabling visitors to experience the astonishing allure of gold.

Make the most of your visit to the historic Perth Mint by joining one of our regular hourly guided talks. The grand heritage building, the heavily secured vault and the original melting house provide the cues for many extraordinary stories about Western Australia's golden history and the Mint's prolific output of priceless gold bars and coins.

Your visit includes the amazing spectacle of a traditional gold pour, during which pure gold is heated to molten temperatures and transformed into a solid gold bar. The nineteenth century brick walls of the melting house are literally embedded with gold dust, accumulated over many decades of continuous refining.

The Perth Mint is the permanent home of the world's greatest collection of investment gold bars. The huge collection includes many unique bars from around the world that have been artistically crafted into a myriad of unusual shapes, sizes and glittering designs.

Early prospectors often spent years of backbreaking work in arid outback areas of Australia in search of gold nuggets. Marvel at this breathtaking collection of natural gold nuggets, wafers and crystals, including Newmont’s Normandy Nugget, the second largest gold nugget in existence, weighing in at a whopping 25.5 kilograms (820 ounces).

Among the historic coins struck by The Perth Mint are:

An 1899 gold sovereign - the very first coin produced in Perth.

The first copper decimal coin made in Australia - a 1966-dated 1 cent piece.

Two of the largest legal tender coins in the world – the 10 kilo Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Bullion Coins.

Ever wondered what your weight is worth in gold? Hop onto our special weigh scales to find out!

Design a special message or choose your favourite saying to go on either a gold-plated, pure silver or even pure gold medallion. Ready to take away in minutes. From AUS $19.50.

The Perth Mint Shop, is located in the Mint's original gold receiving room. Inside you'll discover a treasure trove of gold, silver and platinum coins, natural gold nuggets, unique jewellery, precious stones and an exclusive range of gifts and souvenirs.

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