Feb 092016

The Perth Mint is inviting hopeless romantics to visit its Gold Exhibition this Valentine’s Day to watch molten gold transform into a solid gold heart!

Starry-eyed lovers can witness this amazing spectacle in the Mint’s original 1899 Melting House, where two hundred ounces of pure gold will be heated to the searing temperature of 1,200 degrees Celsius, before being hand-poured into a graphite mould in which the molten metal will cool to form a gleaming heart of gold.

This special love-themed gold pour will be performed at The Perth Mint on Sunday 14 February only, on the hour from 10am to 4pm.

Valentine visitors can also book a Devonshire Tea to enjoy in the Mint’s inner courtyard café which is surrounded by turn of the century buildings.

To further express our devotion on this popular day, The Perth Mint is giving each visitor the chance to win one of six silver hearts medallions on which they can engrave a message of love. At the end of each gold pour, the demonstrator will simply pick a row number from the audience at random to determine the winner! Best of luck!

Admissions are priced at $19 per adult, $8 per child (aged 4 to 15 years), with concessions also available.

The Perth Mint is located at 310 Hay Street (cnr Hill Street), within walking distance of the CBD, and is accessible via the free Red CAT bus route (Stop No. R06).

For enquiries and bookings, telephone 9421 7223 or visit perthmint.com.au/visit

Check out a sneak peak of the Valentine’s Gold Pour here:

Feb 082016

Each year The Perth Mint prepares an exclusive release to mark its attendance at World Money Fair, one of the most significant events of the numismatic calendar.

Our latest WMF coin show special is a meticulously coloured version of the 2016 Australian Kookaburra 1oz silver coin, which features a classic design portraying Australia’s iconic bush bird on a barbed wire fence post.

Available worldwide from today, this special coin is housed in a display case which comes in a boldly illustrated blue shipper bearing the official World Money Fair logo.

An extremely limited release, no more than 2,000 of these coins will be struck.


Feb 082016

Today is Chinese New Year. Ever since we launched the Australian Lunar coin series back in 1996, it has been traditional for The Perth Mint to wish customers and friends Gong Xi Fa Cai.

This year, Chinese and other Asian communities throughout the world welcome back the Monkey. Laden with significance, the ninth animal of the ancient lunar calendar is said to bestow intelligence, wisdom, optimism, ambition and a sense of adventure on those born under its influence.

Befitting the significance of the monkey in Chinese folklore, The Perth Mint has released an extensive coin program marking the Chinese New Year. For your ease, here we present a complete guide to the wide-ranging choice of coins from which you can choose a personal keepsake, or a fitting gift for anyone born under the sign of the Monkey in either of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1kg, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coloured Editions
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coloured Editions
11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Typeset-1oz-InCase-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Typeset Collection
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-HighRelief-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-Gilded-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Gilded Edition Coin
YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-1oz-HighRelief-Proof Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1kilo-GemEye Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition
2016-MonkeyKing-Silver-1oz-Coloured Monkey King
2016 1oz Silver Coloured Coin
OpalMonkey Australian Opal – Lunar Monkey
2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin
2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Wealth&Wisdom-Silver-1oz-2CoinSet Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom
2016 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set
Fu-Lu-Shou-In-Case Chinese Astrological Series –
‘Prosperity’, ‘Longevity’ and ‘Success’
2016 1/5oz Gold Three-Coin Set
Prosperity-1_5oz-Gold-Coin Chinese Astrological Series – ‘Prosperity’
2016 1/5oz Gold Coin
 2016LunarCalendarSeries_100 Lunar Calendar Series
2016 1oz Silver Proof Four-Coin Set
YOM_pnc Year of the Monkey
2016 Stamp & Coin Cover



Jan 152016

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

2ozGoldPrHRKoala14 Australian Koala
2014 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 250
LRM2ozGoldAqua HM Queen Elizabeth II – Longest Reigning Monarch
2015 2oz Gold Proof Coin w/ Aquamarine Gemstone
Maximum Mintage: 350
2ozGoldHRKanga15 Australian Kangaroo
2015 2oz High Relief Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 250


Jan 052016

Happy New Year Perth Mint customers everywhere. Throughout 2016, we’re aiming to bring you more of the world’s best coins, creating new collecting and gift-giving opportunities we hope you’re going to love!

This January we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australian decimalisation when shiny new coins portraying distinctive Australian animals began to fill our pockets. If you’ve ever felt at all nostalgic for the 1 cent feathertail glider and 2 cent frill-necked lizard coins, don’t miss our extremely limited silver tributes to these memorable designs.

Guaranteed to put a sparkle in your eye, a cognac diamond has been employed to add a glittering touch to our latest Year of the Monkey release. Don’t miss the remarkable Opal Monkey either, featuring an exceptional design detailed in this iconic Australian gemstone.

There’s an unmistakable air of romance to January’s bulletin which also includes adorable new releases for couples in love. As well as the 2016 Wedding coin, we’re offering a gleaming ‘Heart to Heart’ gold coin that’s simply perfect for Valentine’s Day!

January 2016 Bulletin


Dec 212015

Gold and silver play a part in many Christmas traditions. Of course, gold was presented as a gift to the baby Jesus, but have you heard this story about the origins of Christmas stockings?

Christmas Stockings

According to the ancient tale, the Bishop of Myra, in Turkey, was a wealthy man who gave gold coins to the less fortunate. Being a shy person, he wanted to be as discreet as possible, so he threw a purse of gold coins down the chimney of a poor girl, which landed in a pair of stockings that she’d hung out to dry!

The Bishop was none other than Saint Nicholas. As word spread of his generous deed, others started hanging their stockings by the fireplace. Over time, the practice became popular and today children can’t wait to hang their stockings for the coming of Santa Claus – the modern day Saint Nic!


Here are some more delightful Christmas customs in which gold and silver play a role.

Christmas Pudding

Originating in Great Britain, the discovery of a silver coin in a slice of Christmas pudding was said to provide health, wealth and happiness to the finder. The traditional choice was a silver sixpence, or a threepence.

The practice may have originated from the age-old custom of Twelfth Night Cake which was baked with a bean hidden inside and sometimes topped with a golden crown. Whoever found the bean was crowned Lord of Misrule until midnight!

Plum puddings were traditionally made on the Sunday ‘next before Advent’, which is four to five weeks before Christmas. This special Sunday became widely known as ‘Stir-up Sunday’. We now know about the amazing antimicrobial properties of silver, which makes the addition of an old sixpence to the mix a very wise choice!


Tinsel was originally made in Europe from silver that was hammered paper-thin and then sliced into strips. These strips were attached to a thread with the idea that they emulated icicles of the cold northern winter.

The word tinsel probably derives from estincele, the old French word meaning ‘sparkle’. Before the 16th century, it was used to decorate sculptures, but was later added to Christmas trees to enhance the flickering of candles. More’s the pity, but modern tinsel is generally made of plastic.

Boxing Day

During the middle Ages, Advent was a time for churches to display alms boxes into which parishioners could donate silver and other coins. The boxes were opened the day after Christmas – hence the name Boxing Day – when the coins were distributed to the less fortunate.

In Victorian times, servants who were required to work at Christmas took the following day off to visit their families. As they prepared to leave, their employers would present them with Christmas boxes of coins and other gifts.

These days, Boxing Day is a public holiday enjoyed by (almost) all. But did you know it’s also St Stephen’s Day. Its charitable roots are reflected in the popular carol Good King Wenceslas, which tells the story of a Czech king going on a journey in harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant “on the feast of Stephen”.

Chocolate Coins


The custom of giving chocolate coins covered in gold foil to children has been intertwined with Christmas traditions for hundreds of years and can be held to symbolise the gift of gold given by the Three Wise Men. Today they are popular stocking fillers and Christmas tree decorations – and, at this time of year, one of the best-selling items in The Perth Mint Shop!