Crafted to collect
Every coin tells a story. But within its creation lies a story, in and of itself.
Solid blocks of gold and silver lie waiting in the vault, ready to be guided by gloved hands through The Perth Mint’s coining division, emerging as perfectly crafted collectable coins.
Rolled and rolled again through well-oiled machinery, each layer hand measured with micrometric precision. Each coin cut from the golden ribbon, inspected and weighed, burnished to a high lustre and blow dried under the careful eye of experts.
Meanwhile, designers sit upstairs, pouring over research and creating illustrations to be passed onto engravers, or a sculptor to create a plaster with their bare hands.
Our master craftspeople then create the dies used to stamp carefully considered designs onto precious metal blanks. Each engraving, transferred onto a die, is struck into the collector coin three times — no more, no less — to create a flawless relief from the coin’s table. It may be antiqued, enhanced with other features, or gilded. Even, printed upon with utmost accuracy, with techniques renowned throughout the world.
Inspected and encapsulated by coin specialists, the coin is ready to be packaged. Ready to be collected. True craft you can hold in the palm of your hand.
But the proof of our craft, ultimately, is in what we reject. Anything blemished is melted back down at 1300ºC, cast back to blocks of metal, ready to begin again.
Start your pre-decimal collection with the first Commonwealth coinage
Wondering what to collect when it comes to coins? Finding examples of Australia’s first Commonwealth coins could fit the bill. Read on to find out more.
What are non-circulating legal tender coins?
Non-circulating legal tender is a useful term to describe official coins that are not intended to be spent. But what is the true value of these coins?
Collectable coins antiqued and gilded to perfection
In recent years, collectable coins featuring antiqued or gilded highlights have become popular. In fact, The Perth Mint can claim some of the credit for this trend, being one of the world’s first mints to pioneer these innovations.
How are coins coloured?
Here at The Perth Mint we’ve been colouring coins since the mid-1980s, but how do we do it? Find out here.