Australia 1999 Perth Mint Centenary

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  • 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


Description

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.

The Perth Mint produces several bullion coin and coin jewellery products, as well as numismatic products such as the popular gold and silver coins in the Sydney 2000 Olympic coin program.

$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.

$2 Perth Mint Centenary


First Day Cover

The first day of issue postmark was East Perth WA 6004.

First day cover


Maximum Card

$2 Perth Mint Centenary maximum card


Presentation Pack

Presentation pack front cover
Presentation pack of 1 x $2