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Perth mint, which until 1970 was part or the Royal Mint of Britain. In 1970 ownership passed to western Australia.

On our recent visit to Perth we took a tour of the old mint. The ‘Mint’ in the city of Perth is now mainly a museum with the ability to sell and market coins etc. The ‘real’ mint is near the airport and under very tight security.

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During the tour I had the opportunity of being weighed to find out how much I was worth in today’s dollars. If only . . . .

As part of the tour we watched the pouring of gold to create an ingot. The lights were switched off so as to see the pouring in a more dramatic way.

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The furnace was opened to extract the container that contained the gold.

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Wearing protective clothing the worker withdrew the gold container. This is how it used to be for many years.

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The light on the left is the start of the gold leaving the container and being poured in to a mold.

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The flow of gold has started.

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The pour is complete in to the ingot mold, which is then thrust in to a bath of water to cool the block quickly.

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Within minutes the ingot is cool enough to be handled, but only by the operator. We were not allowed anywhere near the gold :-o)

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More of the real stuff. . . .

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We also saw the above coin, which has a legal currency value of $1,000,000 – but it weighs 1,000 kilos and the gold value (as against the currency value) is in excess of $60,000,000.

In addition to the above we saw a million dollar coin with a gem stone embedded in the paws of a kangaroo. There is only one of these & I believe it has been sold to someone in Dubai.

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Author: 1944april

Traveled a great deal - about 70 countries - first foreign country I suppose was Wales, which was only 80 miles away from where I was born. Visited each Continent, except Antarctica, and I doubt that it is on my bucket list - too cold. I love Asian food, Australian wine & British beer & trying to entertain by writing.

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