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Golden debut for Mint

THE PERTH Mint is a finalist in three categories in the 2000 WA Tourism Awards for Excellence: heritage and cultural, tourism retailing, and tourism marketing and promotion.

It is the oldest operating mint in Australia and one of the oldest in the world still operating in its original premises.

The Perth Mint opened to the public in 1993 and more than 400,000 visitors have toured the heritage building and been

transfixed by the transformation of molten gold into coins.

Visitors can witness an hourly gold pour in the original Melting House, handle a $200,000 gold bar, view one of the world’s largest collections of natural gold nuggets and purchase Australian precious metals and jewellery.

The Mint is playing a major role in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, producing the official coins and medallions as well as the prestigious victory medals.

The Perth Mint celebrated its Centenary in 1999 with a year-long program of events.

The highlight was a re-enactment of the first gold delivery, which attracted 5,000 visitors and Australia-wide media attention.

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