Dec 282012

As Perth bakes in a scorching 40 degrees heatwave, WA Today speaks to Richard Malone, who pours molten gold at The Perth Mint’s popular visitor attraction.

If you are struggling through the Perth heatwave, spare a thought for Richard Malone, who has one of the hottest jobs in Perth – literally.

Mr Malone, a gold pourer at the Perth Mint dons thick Kevlar-coated clothing and handles gold that is heated to 1300 degrees.

He said on an average day, the room where the gold pours takes place would be anywhere between 30 and 40 degrees and that it was even hotter when the weather heated up like the past couple of days.

Mr Malone said he usually did not sweat while doing his job – or at least it felt like he did not.

“You find you don’t sweat because it evaporates straight away,” he said.

On days when the weather reaches 40 degrees – as is forecast for the next few days – he said he tried to do his demonstration slightly faster than usual.

Mr Malone said he drinks about five or six litres of water to deal with the heat.

(Words courtesy of WA Today)


Dec 272012

The following coin releases are sold out at The Perth Mint.

2012 High Relief Silver Proof Four-Coin Collection
Full mintage: 1,000 sold out


2013 Lunar Good Fortune 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Full mintage: 1,500 sold out


Close To Sell Out

These releases are currently close to sell out.

Baby Snake 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin


Australian Seasons – Summer 2013 1oz Silver Proof Square Coin


2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Edition


2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin



Dec 172012

Nearly 60 years before The Perth Mint began striking official coinage on Western Australian soil, some of the earliest banknotes printed in Australia were issued by the Western Australian Bank.

Established on 23 June 1841, the WA Bank was founded by a group of influential pastoralists and merchants including George Shenton and Edward Hamersley.

As shareholders in the Bank of Western Australia, formed in 1837, they had been unhappy with the board’s decision to amalgamate with the Bank of Australasia.

The first branch of their rival WA Bank was located at the eastern side of the intersection of St Georges Terrace and Pier Street – now the location of St Andrew’s (Uniting) Church.

It received strong support from local depositors. In fact, it was so successful that the Bank of Australasia was forced to withdraw from the west in 1845.

WA Bank’s first issue of notes was on 24 June 1841. These notes are known today by collectors as the “Type One” variety, and were composed by a local printer in black ink on one side only. The paper stock used was extremely light, even when compared to other notes from the pre-Federation period.

Western Australian Bank 1844 Unissued One Pound.
More information:
Sterling & Currency.

By the end of the year, some 1,800 of these notes had been issued, a figure that had risen to 4,000 by January 1844.

Several hundred unissued examples of the “Type One” WA Bank £1 note were marketed by the well-known coin dealers Downies. They were presented in a coloured cardboard album that contained a range of background information on the bank and the notes, and was decorated by a number of contemporary watercolours of the Swan River Colony.

Downies’ literature stated that “From records, it is possible that up to 650 of these notes exist in original and uncancelled condition. However, experts believe the number surviving may well be as little as half of that number.”

At the WA Bank’s half-yearly meeting on 10 January 1844, the directors announced that: “A supply of new Notes, of a more durable character and from an engraved plate, is also daily expected, to supersede the neat but temporary note in type, which has hitherto been in circulation.”

These “Type Two” notes were engraved with an oval containing a swan, the title of the bank and “Established 1841” at the top. As part of the design, the word Perth appeared in the side borders and they were issued here until 1 November 1860.

It must have been a sad day for many Western Australians when in January 1927 the 84-branch WA Bank was acquired by the Bank of New South Wales, marking the end of a local institution “that had so long identified with the life and fortunes of this state.”


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Dec 062012

Struck from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this cute Baby Snake coin would make a wonderful gift for a baby boy or girl born during the lucky Year of the Snake in 2013.

For your chance to win, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram!

Clue: Slithery Australian native out on limb!

 How to enter: Email your answer to Mark your reply or subject line ‘December 2012 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and membership number, or the Twitter username you use to follow @perthmint. Entries close by 2 January 2013. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. (T&Cs)

Last Month’s Winner: Congratulations Lana Houlihan of Queensland.


Dec 042012

Our special shipping offer has been extended until 17 December 2012.

All online orders valued at $100 or more will be delivered completely free-of-charge courtesy of The Perth Mint. (Excludes subscription and bullion products.)

For guaranteed Christmas delivery, please order before 7 December (standard post and ECI), 12 December (International courier) or 17 December (Australian courier).

Last minute gift ideas


Silver Kangaroo Earrings



Silver Swan Cufflinks



Nugget The Gold Prospecting Bear



Christmas Pudding Coin Pack


Loads more gift ideas!


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