Perth Mint, Perth

Perth Mint, Perth (must see)

After the foundation stone was laid in 1896 by Sir John Forrest, Perth Mint opened on June 20, 1899 as a branch of the Royal Mint in London to refine gold and manufacture gold sovereigns and half sovereigns to be used as currency in the colony. Up to 2000, the Mint's refined gold output totalled 4,500 tonnes, representing 3.25% of the total weight of gold produced by humankind. This is about the current holdings of gold bullion in the United States Mint's Fort Knox Bullion Depository. Up until the end of 1983, the Perth Mint also manufactured much of Australia's lower-denomination coin currency.

Today, the Mint continues to provide refining and other 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.

In October 2011, the Perth Mint created the world's largest, heaviest and most valuable gold coin, breaking the record previously held by the Royal Canadian Mint. The coin is approximately 80 centimetres (31 in) in diameter and 12 centimetres (4.7 in) thick, and made of 1,012 kilograms (2,230 lb) of 99.99% pure gold. It is legal tender in Australia with face value A$1 million, but at the time of minting it was valued at A$53.5 million.

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Sight Name: Perth Mint
Sight Location: Perth, Australia
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: East Perth Walking Tour   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Perth, Australia

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Create Your Own Walk in Perth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Perth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Places of Worship in Perth

Places of Worship in Perth

Perth is an important historic center of Western Australia, and history is often closely associated with religion. That's why the city is full of churches which represent many religions. Don't miss a chance to visit some of the most important places of worship in Perth:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 km
Skyscrapers in Perth Walking Tour

Skyscrapers in Perth Walking Tour

Skyscrapers have always been the calling card of Perth. These huge buildings are an example of modern technology, and they are intertwined with the spirit of the time. Their rooftops are often hidden in the clouds. We offer you a walking tour through the highest and most famous skyscrapers in Perth:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Museums and Galleries in Perth

Museums and Galleries in Perth

Perth attracts lots of visitors because of its numerous museums and galleries, which showcase all aspects of Perth's present and past. Visiting this city's museums and exhibition areas, will bring you closer to its culture and historic heritage. Some of the most famous museums and galleries of Perth are listed below:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Perth is the capital of, and the main city in, Western Australia. The best way to get to know it better is by learning more about the city's landmarks, which make it special and distinguish if from other cities. Take this tour to discover the most popular landmarks in Perth:

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 km
Shopping Walk in Perth

Shopping Walk in Perth

This capital of Western Australia bewitches its visitors because of the many shopping areas. Shopaholics call this city shopping heaven. Perth is full of boutiques featuring well-known. We offer you a walking tour through some of the most interesting specialty shops and famous shopping streets in Perth:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Perth Cultural Walking Tour

Perth Cultural Walking Tour

Perth is the historic and cultural center of Western Australia, and has plenty of places to showcase it. This tour will lead you through the sites, both ancient and modern, where culture is presented. If you want to see, touch and feel it during a walking tour of Perth - consider the following list of cultural attractions:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.8 km