Fodor's Expert Review Perth Mint
All that glitters is gold at the Perth Mint, one of the oldest mints in the world still operating from its original premises, and a reminder of the great gold rush days at the turn of the century. Established in 1899, it first refined gold from Western Australia's newly discovered goldfields, striking gold sovereigns for the British Empire. Today it still produces Australia's legal tender in pure gold, silver, and platinum bullion and commemorative coins for investors and collectors. Visitors can have a hands-on experience at the Mint—watch 200 ounces of molten gold being poured in time-honored fashion to form a gold bar; eye off the biggest coin ever made, weighing 1 ton; get close to more than A$700,000 worth of gold bullion; see Australia's best collection of natural gold nuggets, including the 369-ounce Golden Beauty, one of the largest natural nuggets in the world and discover your own weight in gold.