Five awesome finds at The Perth Mint this Easter
During the grip of the gold rush in 1899, The Perth Mint opened its doors to the surging numbers of local miners who were lucky enough to discover gold on Western Australia’s goldfields.
Fast forward to present day and the Mint has since become a major tourist attraction with its gold pour tour offering visitors an up-close insight into the history of gold and the intricate process of crafting the perfect bar.
So, this Easter school holidays what are the five awesome finds you can discover on your visit to The Perth Mint.
Exclusive first look
From 24 March, The Perth Mint will unveil the AUD 6 million Argyle Romantica™ ring for its first public showing in WA, alongside a host of other significant jewels in a spectacular month-long free exhibition. On display from Friday 24 March to Sunday 23 April.
One tonne gold coin
The world’s largest gold bullion coin is the centrepiece of the Gold Exhibition, inspired by the popularity of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Series.
The gold coin tips the scales at a massive one tonne of 99.99% pure gold.
Measuring about 80 centimetres wide and 12 centimetres deep it is the biggest, heaviest and most valuable gold bullion coin in the world.
Live gold pour
Witness a traditional gold pour in our original 1899 melting house, one of our most memorable experiences. This spectacle allows you to see pure gold heated to molten temperatures, transforming as it cools into a gleaming solid gold bar.
Our 200oz gold bar has found fame after being melted 49 times a week since our gold exhibition opened in December 1993. Despite the severe treatment the bar is still more than 99.99% pure. Come and see what thousands around the globe are talking about.
King of gold
The 93-kilogram King Henry contains about 1,400 ounces (45 kilograms) of gold and was discovered in 2018 in the Beta Hunt underground mine in Kambalda, Western Australia.
It is not classified as a nugget, but a gold specimen – a gold-entrusted rock recovered from an underground lode, or gold-bearing quartz vein. It is said to be one of the largest of its type and potentially the largest still in existence and on public display.
Queen of silver
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful silver specimens in the world, the Karratha Queen weighs in at 145 kilograms and contains about 3,520 ounces of silver.
The native silver specimen was discovered at the Elizabeth Hill mine in the Western Australian Pilbara region in 2000. It measures an impressive 85 x 38 x 47 centimetres.
Book your tour now
The Perth Mint gold tour takes you from the beginning of the gold industry to present day and includes a fascinating live gold pour, the world’s largest gold coin and a guided walk through our world-class exhibition.
The mesmerising mix of stories, interactive displays and challenges for kids will leave you with lasting memories and in no doubt as to why The Perth Mint is a premier tourist attraction in Western Australia.
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