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The Perth Mint has been open for 118 years. they have custom and unique coins ranging from a Norse to of the ghost buster coins and more. Come and see the rich and unique experience of the Perth Mint
- Museums:Local History
- Open Days/times:Mon - Sun 9AM - 5PM
- Open Days:Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday,Sunday,Monday
- Facilities:Cafe,Wheelchair Access
The Perth Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. It was Australia's third branch of Britain's Royal Mint - the others being the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint (both closed).
Diggers, who flocked to the then colony of Western Australia in huge numbers from other parts of Australia and from around the world, deposited their raw gold with us where it was refined and minted into gold coins.
Gold refining continually took place at our original Hay Street premises until April 1990, when the operation was moved to a modern facility in Perth’s eastern suburbs. Between 1899 and 1931, we struck more than 106 million gold sovereigns and nearly 735,000 half sovereigns for use as currency in Australia and throughout the British Empire.
The visionary leader Sir John Forrest, the first Premier of Western Australia, is regarded as our founding father. 'Big John' foresaw the importance of gold in the development of Western Australia's economy, and successfully lobbied the British Government to establish a branch of the Royal Mint in Perth.
Forrest laid our foundation stone in 1896. Designed by George Temple Poole, our heritage building is one of Perth most impressive colonial-era monuments. In recognition of the quality of the architect's work, we possess the highest classification from the National Trust and are one of the first buildings entered on the State's heritage register.
Cricket and sporting memorabilia from the 1800's to the present day at WA's cricket ground.
- Museums:Local History,Other
- Open Days/times:Mon - Fri 10AM - 3PM
- Open Days:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday,Thursday,Friday
Open weekdays except for match days. Tours of the ground are also available.