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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Perth Mint on Map

Sight Name: Perth Mint
Sight Location: Perth, Australia (See walking tours in Perth)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Perth, Australia

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Create Your Own Walk in Perth

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Perth Introduction Walking Tour

Perth Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Perth Historic Buildings Walk

Perth Historic Buildings Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Perth Historical Buildings Walk

Perth Historical Buildings Walk

From the gorgeous Victorian Gothic façade of the Perth Town Hall to the WWI memorial of ANZAC Cottage and the iconic Old Mill, Perth has architecture to excite history buffs and lovers of design. ****PH***

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles