Sunday/ the Perth Mint

We checked out the Perth Mint on Sunday.  (I love shiny coins). The Perth Mint was established in 1899, the last of three Australian colonial branches of the United Kingdom’s Royal Mint – after the now-defunct Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint. (Yes, there was a gold rush to Western Australia as well; several, actually, with the discovery of alluvial gold at Kalgoorlie in 1893 the most significant).

The tour of the Mint features a display of the largest gold coin in the world : 80 cm (31 in) in diameter and 12 cm (4.7 in) thick, and made of 1,012 kg (2,231 lb) of 99.99% pure gold.  The coin’s face value is A$ 1 million, but the bullion in it is actually worth some A$53.5 million.   (No pictures were allowed inside the Mint, but here is a link to a picture of it).

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The Perth Mint today.. it seems deserted, but it was actually open. The visitors are just staying out of the sun, in the shade offered by the old limestone building !
Australian coins
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction of decimal currency in Australia. Clockwise from the bottom left : 20c coin with Platypus, 10c with Superb Lyrebird, 5c with Echidna, $2 with Aboriginal elder, $1 with five Red Kangaroos, 50c with Australian coat-of-arms (kangaroo and emu).
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I saw a ghost bat at the zoo, so I had to buy the 1 oz pure silver coin with an opal stone inlay of a ghost bat. It’s one of a series of silver coins with Australian animal motifs on.


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