The Perth Mint celebrates with cake for 125th birthday

Jun 20, 2024

Perth Mint staff celebrating their 125th birthday

Today, The Perth Mint celebrates the significant milestone of 125 years of operation as a gold refiner and producer of high-quality precious metal coins. 

It was on this day, 20 June, in 1899 that The Perth Mint opened its iconic green doors in East Perth. The Mint has been operating continuously ever since and in 2022-23 produced more than 19 million coins from the heritage premises.  

It is recognised as Australia’s oldest working mint and refines almost 80 per cent of Australia’s newly mined gold. 

The Mint is celebrating the anniversary today with a range of activities on site, including a special Mint-shaped birthday cake, the pouring of a 125th anniversary branded gold bar on the tour, snapping a selfie at The Perth Mint gold shimmer wall and viewing historic memorabilia from 1899 which is on display for the first time. 

Visitors today can catch a free ride to the Mint from the city centre on a Perth Mint branded rickshaw and recharge with a free sweet treat before taking the tour. 

Today also sees the release of the limited mintage 125th Anniversary Australia Sovereign 2024 Gold Proof Coin which commemorates the gold sovereigns which were produced at the Mint until 1931. The design of the new coin is a modern reimagining of the original classic St George and the Dragon design. 

It is also the last chance to go into the draw to win a Perth Mint Golden Ticket. This offers lifetime entry to the Gold Tour, along with a 125th Anniversary coin collection, $125 gift voucher, personalised opal medallion and the chance to hold a freshly poured gold bar. 

cropped photo Neil and Chloe

The birthday cake was cut by the Mint’s longest-serving employee, Neil Rogers, and one of the newest, Chloe Hersey. 

Neil, who is Manager Coining and Production, has 38 years under his belt after starting out as a general labourer in 1986. 

“I’m so proud to be a part of this occasion. It was fantastic seeing everybody celebrating our 125 years today,” Neil said. “I usually just like to get on with my job without any fuss, but this has been great. I’ve loved it.” 

Chloe recently joined the Mint as Supervisor Visitor Services. 

“One of the most surprising aspects of working here has been the sheer number of tourists visiting from all corners of the globe,” she said. “It's incredible to see people from diverse backgrounds and cultures come together with a shared interest in our products and the history of minting.” 

Throughout its 125-year history, The Perth Mint has contributed to the Western Australian community, refining gold and exporting value-added coins and minted bars across the world. Combining traditional skills with the latest technological advancements it has developed into Australia’s largest fully integrated precious metals enterprise.  

The Mint opened as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint but since 1970 it has operated under the ownership of the WA Government on behalf of the people of WA. 

In more recent decades, the Mint has offered one of Perth’s most popular tourist attractions with the exhibition and Gold Tour opening in 1993 in its heritage premises. 

Samia O'Keefe
Manager, Corporate Communications