The Perth Mint – Perth, Australia - Atlas Obscura

The Perth Mint

This Western Australian mint was established during the height of the Australian gold rush.  

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The Perth originally opened in 1899 in response to the massive gold deposits that were unearthed in Western Australia. Raw gold discovered by miners was deposited at The Perth to be transformed into gold coins. Today, the mint still sticks to its roots and produces gold, silver, and platinum products that are distributed across the globe. Around $18 billion in gold, silver, and platinum bars are also shipped to other countries each year. 

A major achievement of the Perth Mint is the “One Tonne Gold Coin”. Cast by the Perth Mint in 2011, the coin is 80 centimeters wide, 13 centimeters deep, is 99.99 percent pure gold, and estimated to be worth over $50 million (AUD). It is the world’s largest gold bullion coin and has held this title with the Guinness World Record since 2012.

Touring the mint allows you to see what’s your actual weight in gold, and get a crash course in how gold is melted into bricks.

 

Know Before You Go

Various tours are offered on The Perth Mint website. 

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