23 Agustus 2011

The Perth Mint: medals, coins and gold

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Originally known as the Swan River Colony due to its location on the banks of the Swan River, Perth is the capital of the state of Western Australia. The city experienced a rapid growth phase with the discovery of gold deposits in the surrounding region and being the port of call to many immigrants from around Europe.

Even today the city continues to rapidly expand encompassing a multi ethnic melting pot from around the world and is home over 1.6 million people.

Like any country around the world, Australia relies on currency to allow its residents to trade and earn a living. Hence mints are an important economic tool to any country.

The Perth Mint is the oldest functioning mint in the country. Founded by Sir John Forrest in 1896, the Perth Mint started operations in 1899 as a branch of the Royal Mint to produce currency for the then colony of Australia.

Though the mint does not carryout full scale production of bank notes and associated currency it is still functioning today producing coins, sovereigns and medals to mark the various milestones and special events in Australia’s history. It is considered one of the most popular sources for private minting of custom medals and coins for companies and individuals.

Noted as one of the most popular tourist attractions in Westerns Australia, guided tours through the facility are available detailing the history of currency and minting in Australia. The Perth Mint opens daily from 9 am onwards till 5 pm on weekdays and 1pm on the weekends.

Guided talk tours occur every half hour till closing and for those interested in the allure of gold can observe the gold pouring every hour. Watch as molten golden is poured into templates to be made into collectable coins and medals.

The mint is within easy reach of many bus and metro routes including the free Red Cat bus service.

Visitors will find that accommodation options can be found in equal abundance. For a central location in the city and easy access nothing beats the convenience of Perth apartment accommodation. Ones to note in particular are those found within Somerset St. Georges Terrace. These Perth serviced apartments provide every conceivable convenience amongst amazing views over the Perth cityscape. Featuring essential services such as a fully equipped gym, business centre and broadband internet access, it is the ideal private abode for both business and leisure travellers.