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Perth Mint

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For history and a brush with the riches that Australia's mining has to offer, the Perth Mint has all that and more. This multi award-winning tourist attraction is one of the oldest mints that are still operating from its original premises in the world.

Established in 1899 by the British Royal mint it served the purpose of refining gold from the newly discovered goldfields in outback Western Australia. This historic building stands majestically behind tall, elaborate wrought iron gates that face onto the main street in East Perth. A short walk from the Perth city centre, the Perth Mint was closed to the public for more than 90 years. But now, it is a gallery of history where the treasures are on display for visitors of all ages.

Once entering the Perth Mint you will have the opportunity to experience the excitement and greed that came with the early gold rushes that have made Western Australia so popular. Experience the life of the prospectors desperately seeking their fortunes in some of the countries harshest conditions and be amazed by the traditional gold pouring shows that occur in the original melting house - still operating as it did back in the gold rush days.

For a bit of fun you can stand on the scales and find out exactly the value of your weight in gold and feel the weight of more than AUD400, 000 worth of gold bullion. If that's not enough for you, you can strike and engrave your very own personal medallions to take home as souvenirs.

From within the walls of the original 1899 vault you can experience true amazement as you admire the largest collection of natural gold nuggets in Australia and stare in awe at the hundreds of gold bars from all around the world as they shimmer in the light.

Address: 310 Hay Street, East Perth
Phone: 08 9421 7223


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