Australia 1999 Perth Mint Centenary
- Issue Date: 13 May 1999
- Designed by: Janet Boschen
- Printed by: SNP Ausprint and Avon Graphics
- Print Process: Lithography and Embossing
- Perforations: 14½ x 14
- Stamp Size: 50 mm x 30 mm
- Format: sheets of 50
- Withdrawal date: 30 March 2000
This year marks the centenary of Australia’s oldest operating mint, the Perth Mint, which was established on 20 June 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint. The Perth Mint, initially established to refine the gold mined from Western Australia’s Kalgoorlie gold fields, produced sovereigns and half-sovereigns before minting ceased in 1931. Between 1922 and 1983 it produced Australian legal tender coinage.
$2 Perth Mint Centenary Stamp
To commemorate the occasion, Australia Post released a single stamp featuring both sides of an 1899 gold sovereign. Identical to sovereigns minted at other branches of the Royal Mint of London, the obverse features a portrait of Queen Victoria, and the reverse the legendary Saint George and the Dragon. The coin faces on the Perth Mint Centenary stamps are gold embossed – adding the reflective quality of real gold to the sovereigns.
First Day Cover
The first day of issue postmark was East Perth WA 6004.