2010 Australian Coins
The Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint are both known for their unique and highly collectible coins, not only in their home country of Australia, but also around the world. Shown below are just a few samples of that the Mints in Australia bring to the table of international coin collecting.
Individuals interested in newer strikes may find some on the 2011 Australian Coins page.
2010 Australian Minted Coins
About the Perth Mint of Australia
The Perth Mint was established in 1899 as a branch to Britain's Royal Mint in response to the rich gold deposits found in nearby Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. The Royal Mint had a policy of creating the branch mints in order to create efficiencies in the system. By having local branches, gold ore could be refined and struck into coins locally, rather than having the ore shipped only for gold coinage to be shipped back. The Royal Mint also created the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint as branches in Australia(both are now closed).
In 1970, Great Britain transferred ownership of the Perth to the State Government of Western Australia where it remains today.
To keep on the cutting edge, the Perth Mint officially opened an 8,400 square metre state-of-the-art manufacturing facility next door to its original limestone building in 2003.
About the Royal Australian Mint
The Royal Australian Mint was officially opened by His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh on Monday, February 22, 1965. It was created to produced Australia's decimal coinage which was introduced into circulation in 1966.
This mint has the distinction of being the first in Australia which was not a branch of Britain's Royal Mint when constructed. Since its opening, over eleven billion circulating coins have been minted at the facility which has a capacity to strike over two million coins per day.