Perth Mint

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Gold bars from the Perth Mint

The Perth Mint is the oldest and operating mint in Australia in the city of Perth . In 1896 the foundation stone was laid by Sir John Forrest , and in 1899 operations began as a division of the Royal Mint from London .

The Perth Mint operates its own goldsmith and refinery and today manufactures various products from precious metals such as gold , silver , platinum and palladium . These included and still include Sovereign , the Lunar series in gold and silver, the Kookaburra silver coin , the Koala platinum coin and gold bars . The Perth Mint remained under British law until July 1, 1970, when it became a legal part of the Government of Western Australia . It is owned by the Gold Corporation , which is 100% state owned.

Up to the year 2000 the mint had processed a total of 4500 tons of gold. This corresponds to around 3.25% of the total amount of gold processed worldwide. By the year 1983, were in the Mint Mint coined.

The Perth Mint only mints investment coins , but also casts bars and manufactures precious metal jewelry . The minting of coins in circulation is carried out by the Royal Australian Mint , which may also influence investment coins. Nonetheless, both types of coin are Australian legal tender and thus bear the image of Queen Elizabeth II.

Biggest gold coin in the world

In October 2011, the Perth Mint produced the largest and heaviest gold coin to date, surpassing the previous record of the Royal Canadian Mint . The coin has a diameter of almost 80 cm and a thickness of over 12 cm, weighs around 1012 kg (1.012 tons) and is made of 24 carat gold (99.99%). The coin features a red giant kangaroo on one side and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the other . The coin is legal tender in Australia with a face value of 1 million Australian dollars . However, the gold value at the time of minting was 53.5 million Australian dollars.

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Individual evidence

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  4. coin themes - uncirculating coins policy. (No longer available online.) Royal Australian Mint , archived from the original on October 18, 2014 ; accessed on October 18, 2014 (English). Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  5. Australia unveils world's large largest gold coin in Perth ( English ) October 27, 2011. Accessed March 19, 2013.
  6. Perth Mint: 1 tonne gold coin ( English ). Accessed March 19, 2013.
  7. World's biggest gold coin worth $ 53m ( english ) on October 27, 2011. Accessed March 19, 2013.

Coordinates: 31 ° 57 ′ 25.6 ″  S , 115 ° 52 ′ 9.4 ″  E