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Established back in 1899 – during the gold rush in Western Australia – as a sovereign-producing branch of the British Royal Mint, the Perth Mint is one of the city’s most historic institutions. The country’s sole gold refiner and coin producer, it is home to a collection of dazzling precious coins, gold nuggets and bullion, as well as the world’s biggest gold coin.
The mint became famous for pouring almost 100 per cent pure gold, and though it is mainly used for displays and exhibits today, it remains active and produces coins for the country and its neighbours.
Take a tour around the building and you’ll get to see the first gold coin struck here. Look around the old melting house peer inside the facility’s high security vault. You can also check out the special scales to work out your weight in gold and watch red hot gold being poured. You can learn about the history of the gold rush with a visit to an old prospector’s camp, where you’ll hear stories about their harsh conditions.
Head for the Gold Bar exhibit where you’ll get to see bullion from all over the world and visit the Natural Nugget Collection where you can feast your eyes upon an incredible gold nugget found in 1995 in Kalgoorlie, dating back to around 40 million years ago.
The mint’s biggest attraction however is the world’s most valuable coin. An impressive 80 centimetres in diameter and made from 99.99 per cent solid gold, the coin is worth more than 50 million Australian dollars. Because of its immense weight, it’s pretty unlikely that anyone will manage to sneak it out of the building after their visit!
The Perth Mint is located at the corner of Hill and Hay Streets, and is open every day except for major holidays. You can reach the mint on the free Red Cat bus service that operates through the inner city. If you arrive before mid-afternoon, you’ll be able to join one of the tours. For souvenirs of your visit, check out the gift shop where you’ll find collector’s coins and jewellery.
Get the most out of your time at Perth Mint. Here is a list of the most popular things to do:
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Located in the heart of East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Perth Mint and Langley Park. Swan River Foreshore Trail and St. Mary's Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Perth McIver Station is 13 minutes by foot and Perth Claisebrook Station is 14 minutes.
Located in the heart of Northbridge, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Yagan Square and Murray Street Mall. Elizabeth Quay and Perth Mint are also within 1 mi (2 km). Perth Underground Station is 5 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 7 minutes.
Situated in East Perth, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Queens Gardens, Langley Park, and World Australia Cricket Association Museum. Perth Mint and WACA are also within 15 minutes. Perth Claisebrook Station is 18 minutes by foot and Perth McIver Station is 19 minutes.
Located in Perth Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Perth Concert Hall, Perth Mint, and Royal Perth Hospital. Elizabeth Quay and Hay Street Mall are also within 15 minutes. Perth McIver Station is 10 minutes by foot and Perth Esplanade Station is 14 minutes.
This family-friendly Perth hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Brookfield Place, His Majesty's Theatre, and Perth Convention Exhibition Centre (PCEC). Barracks Arch and RAC Arena are also within 10 minutes. Perth Esplanade Station is 6 minutes by foot and Perth Underground Station is 10 minutes.
Situated in East Perth, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Perth Mint and WACA. Royal Perth Hospital and Elizabeth Quay are also within 2 mi (3 km). Perth Claisebrook Station is 15 minutes by foot and Perth McIver Station is 17 minutes.
Situated in the business district, this luxury aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of WACA and Perth Mint. Optus Stadium and SCITECH Discovery Centre are also within 3 mi (5 km). Perth Claisebrook Station is 19 minutes by foot and Perth McIver Station is 21 minutes.
Located in Perth Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from St. Mary's Cathedral and Perth Concert Hall. Central Law Courts and Perth Mint are also within 5 minutes. Perth McIver Station is 9 minutes by foot and Perth Station is 12 minutes.