The Perth Mint
is a wonderful Mint. I have been there and it is well worth the visit even before the redevelopment. They were at one time a major producer of Australian circulation coin, not to mention gold sovereigns and half sovereigns. No Australian pre-decimal or decimal collection is complete without coins struck at the Perth Mint
during it's time as a Branch of the Royal Mint
, same as for Sydney and Melbourne Branches. Even after the Perth Mint
was handed over to the Western Australian State Government about 1970, it went on to produce circulating 2 cent coins between 1973 and 1983. When the Western Australian Mint became Goldcorp in 1988, it was developed as Australia's precious metals mint. It has only been since 2004, that the Mint has again struck non-precious metals coin for the collector market. Goldcorp (wholely owned by the WA Government) actually has two Mints in Perth, the original Perth Mint
in the heart of the city and a new facility way out near the international airport. The old Mint has the museum which houses some wonderful treasures of coins and bullion going back to the opening of the Mint in 1899. The Mint is a working mint and you can see them melt the gold down for the making of coin blanks, etc. The RAM imports all their blanks now. I would expect the Commonwealth Government controls what coin can be produced. They must approve all Australian legal tender coin designs for both Mints so Treasury would control what Mint has the contract to produce the circulating coin too. Currently that is the RAM in Canberra. But who knows what the future may bring.