As one of Western Australia's leading tourist attractions, The Perth Mint offers a unique combination of activities, exhibitions and demonstrations, enabling visitors to experience the astonishing allure of gold.
Established as a branch of Britain's Royal Mint in 1899, The Perth Mint's primary functions to refine gold from Western Australia's eastern goldfields and strike gold coinage continue to this day, with precious metal coins struck onsite at the Mint, and gold refined at The Perth Mint Refinery, situated near Perth Airport.
Conveyed through its visitor experience, The Perth Mint also issues the nation's official bullion and commemorative coin programs, and offers a variety of investment bars and other precious metal products.
Guided Heritage Talk
Make the most of your visit to the historic Perth Mint by joining one of our 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.
The Gold Exhibition
The Perth Mint's exciting new Gold Exhibition is now open. This world-class attraction uses the latest innovations in exhibition concept design and audio visual technology, to bring the history of Western Australian gold, and The Perth Mint, to life.
Offering a unique combination of exhibits, the Gold Exhibition gives visitors the rare opportunity to experience the emotive journey of gold discovery. Marvel at the largest coin ever made, weighing one tonne of pure gold; view Australia's most dazzling display of natural gold nuggets; watch molten gold being poured to form a gleaming solid gold bar; handle more than $500,000 worth of gold bullion and much more!
Record Breaking Coin
The centrepiece of the remarkable new Gold Exhibition is the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, the largest and most valuable coin in the world. Tipping the scale at a massive one tonne of 99.99% pure gold, this colossal coin measures nearly 80cm wide and is more than 12cm deep.
Awarded a prestigious Guinness World Record in 2012, this monumental masterpiece is valued at more than $50million and is showcased in all its golden glory on a revolving platform.
Watch a Gold Pour
Witness the amazing spectacle of a traditional gold pour in The Perth Mint's original melting house, during which pure gold is heated to molten temperatures and transformed into a gleaming 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.
Australia's Largest Natural Nugget Collection
Many early prospectors spent years working in backbreaking conditions in outback Australia in search of gold nuggets. Marvel at Australia's most dazzling 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).
Historic Perth Mint Coin Exhibition
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
Worth Your Weight in Gold?
Ever wondered what your weight is worth in gold? Visit the Gold Exhibition and hop onto our special scales to find out!
Engrave Your Own Medallion
Design a special message or choose your favourite saying to go on an aluminium bronze, gold plated, 99.9% pure silver or 99.99% pure gold medallion. From $17, these medallions are ready to take away in minutes.
The Miner's Campsite
The Miner's Campsite is a stylised representation of the harsh and basic conditions endured by early prospectors as they searched for gold. Hold a true-to-size replica natural gold nugget and take a photo as a golden memory of your time spent at The Perth Mint.
The Perth Mint Shop
The Perth Mint Shop is located in the Mint's original gold receiving room where you will 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.
An authorised stockist of Argyle Pink Diamonds, Kailis Australian Pearls, Coin Watches, Pandora Jewellery, Cotton & Co, Ellendale Yellow Diamonds and Guess Jewellery, The Perth Mint Shop has something for everyone.
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Perth Mint Address:
310 Hay Street
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For further enquiries regarding a visit to The Perth Mint, please call 1300 366 520 (within Australia) or +61 8 9421 7376 (International callers).