May 022014
 

The Perth Mint’s completely re-vamped Gold Exhibition has been officially declared open to the public.

The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, congratulated Mint executives and staff involved in the stunning transformation which has injected verve, excitement and drama into the Exhibition area through a raft of multi-media displays, dramatic lighting and informative touch-screen experiences.

Re-live The Gold Exhibition Launch In Pictures:
  • The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, with Ed Harbuz, CEO of The Perth Mint and Gold Corporation Chair, Kerry Sanderson AO The Hon Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia, with Ed Harbuz, CEO of The Perth Mint and Gold Corporation Chair, Kerry Sanderson AO
  • The Premier and students admire the Australian Kangaroo 1 Tonne Gold Coin The Premier and students admire the Australian Kangaroo 1 Tonne Gold Coin
  • Pupils from Scotch College eye the Normandy Nugget Pupils from Scotch College eye the Normandy Nugget
  • Guests arrive for the evening reception Guests arrive for the evening reception
  • Angela Tsun presents Channel 7's weather forecast from the Old Melt House Angela Tsun presents Channel 7's weather forecast from the Old Melt House
  • It's perfect Autumn weather as the crowd gathers in the forecourt It's perfect Autumn weather as the crowd gathers in the forecourt
  • Richard Walley celebrates the occasion with a didgeridoo performance Richard Walley celebrates the occasion with a didgeridoo performance
  • An enticing Exhibition entrance... An enticing Exhibition entrance...
  • Spectacular natural gold nuggets are a talking point Spectacular natural gold nuggets are a talking point
  • The tradional gold pour captivates guests The tradional gold pour captivates guests
  • Musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra play throughout the evening reception Musicians from the West Australian Symphony Orchestra play throughout the evening reception
  • Our 'golden girls' pose with Paula Voce Our 'golden girls' pose with Paula Voce
     

Alongside a strong press contingent, eager school pupils from Scotch and Mercedes Colleges were some of the first to experience the breathtaking attractions inside.

Within the darkened, atmospheric interior, the initial exhibit is our spectacular 1 Tonne Gold Coin – the world’s biggest coin. Revolving serenely, it is encircled by presentation screens which blaze with mesmerising luminosity in the telling of gold’s astonishing power and influence through time.

Launch celebrations extended into the evening with hundreds of guests welcomed to a lavish forecourt reception by The Perth Mint’s own gorgeously-attired ‘golden girls’.

Among the speakers to address the large audience, our CEO, Ed Harbuz, described the importance of gold to the development of Western Australia and The Perth Mint’s integral role in its economic growth.

Gold refining, once carried out on the historic Mint site, was eventually moved away to a more modern facility, he said. This enabled parts of the heritage building to be developed 20 years ago as an attraction where the story of gold could be re-told to West Australians and countless visitors from all over the world.

With speeches concluded, the audience stepped into the glittering new Exhibition for an extreme encounter with the romance of gold!

Natural nuggets, pure gold bars and exquisitely minted gold coins are experienced alongside daring tales from old prospectors, modern interactive attractions and a spectacular finale in the shape of a molten gold pour.

The Perth Mint Exhibition and Shop are open daily. For more detailed visitor information, please click here.

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