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Published July 15th 2021
A working factory & iconic cultural attraction
In February 1965, His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, opened the Commonwealth Heritage Site, Royal Australian Mint. Its first task was to produce new coins for the introduction of decimal currency on 14 February 1966. Since then, the Mint has produced more than 15-billion circulating coins, and today it makes two million coins per day!
The Royal Australian Mint is a listed entity within the Commonwealth Government portfolio of the Treasury and is the sole supplier of circulating coinage in Australia. It is also the first Mint in the world to achieve accreditation to International Quality Standards ISO 9001 and the first Mint in Australia not to be a branch of the Royal Mint in London.
Don't forget to stop and check out the stairs leading to the Galleries and Factory Viewing, they feature coins on each step riser!
Before the Royal Australian Mint opened, coins were made in the Sydney Mint, Melbourne Mint and Perth Mint. Today, coins are made at the Royal Australian Mint and Perth Mint.
This working factory is also a multi-tourism award-winning cultural attraction and does not just produce Australia's coinage; it produces coins for other countries, along with medals, medallions, tokens, and seals for private clients, both national and international.
The Factory Viewing allows visitors to get an inside & "up-close
It also produces medals for military and civilian honours, including the Order of Australia, bi-metallic coins, colour printed coins, tokens for casinos, car washes and more. The Mint also produced medals for the 2000 Summer Olympics in conjunction with the Perth Mint.
The Royal Australian Mint is one of Australia's icons and cultural heritage, with each coin's image produced by the Mint is a conservation starter and history maker.
Highlights include walking through the galleries and exhibitions, the gift shop and the Factory Viewing Platform, where you can witness coins being made.
There are many interactive multimedia displays where you can discover exciting coins throughout the world and history, as well as opportunities to make your own coin or buy a coin from the Mint's Coin Shop.
Each coin on display has a story to tell, including the world's first coin with a double hologram, to commemorate the centenary of the Australian federation.
The Souvenir Shop is filled with interesting coins, bank notes and other souvenirs