The Royal Australian Mint is where you'll find the production of all of Australia's coinage, but it also happens to be a popular place to visit. Inside you can see the coin-producing process at work, and wander through the visitors display centre. Find out interesting facts about the things that pass through your hands almost any day.
When you walk up the staircase, paved with 5¢ coins, you'll reach the museum and viewing windows. The displays all help to show the history of Australian currency and coinage, and provide interesting facts. The Mint has produced more than 13billion circulating coins since the introduction of decimal currency in 1966, the important stories are all shown through the display.
You can find out about rare coins, or special commemorative coins that highlight important events in Australian history. From this are you can stare down below at the workings producing coins, of which there is capacity to produce 2million coins a day. It isn't just coin collectors that will find the display interesting, there are always plenty of kids who seem interested in what is going on, and there are plenty of interesting stories to read.
Downstairs is the shop, where you can purchase merchandise and commemorative coins. These special coins often mark important events on the Australian calendar. It is also popular to pick up a coin set from the year of your birth. For just $3 you can bring home a special souvenir, a $1 coin that you have pressed yourself. It may seem strange paying 3 times as much for a $1 coin, but it is pretty special to have your own pressed coin.
The Royal Australian Mint does not feature a huge collection, while it may not be as informative as some of Canberra's other museums or galleries, it is still an interesting stop. You can visit the Mint from 9-4 Monday to Friday and from 10-4 on Saturday, Sunday, and Public Holidays. Entry is free, but you'll have to pay if you want to participate in some of the activities, like pressing your own coins.