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Why two cent coins are being hunted by collectors
The Perth Mint made 16,995,000 two cent coins for issue in 1968. Now, some of these early decimals are becoming increasingly sought-after.
History of the rare 1918 Perth half sovereign
Shrouded in mystery, the rare 1918 Perth half sovereign took five decades for Australian collectors to confirm it existed.
Historic WA loco set to steam again
The Perth Mint uncovers the story behind West Australian stream train featured on a medallion in its historic collection.
Rare Perth proof halfpenny sells for over $50k
The period 1940 – 1968 is considered by historians to be one of the most important eras in the annals of The Perth Mint.
Footscray Ammunition Factory centenary medal
Designed by Melbourne sculptor and medal-maker Michael Meszaros, this medal is part of The Perth Mint's historic collection.
Medallion celebrates Lionel Samson
The Perth mint investigates a medallion produced in 1979 which honours the founder of Australia's oldest family business.
Unwanted coins make come-back as royal commemoratives
Today, Crowns are usually struck to celebrate royal anniversaries and coronations. But Crowns were not always purely commemorative pieces.
Centenary medal marks rise of famous Sydney medallist
With Australia Day celebrations almost upon us, it’s timely to examine this 1888 medallion marking the centenary of the arrival of British settlers in Sydney Cove on 26 January 1788.
Giant gold nugget discovered in Australia
An Australian amateur prospector has made world headlines after unearthing a gold nugget weighing 5.5kg (177 troy oz) in Victoria.