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AU WA S2291




  • 1909-01-01 - 1979-09-28 (Creation)

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AU WA A930 - ROYAL MINT (PERTH BRANCH) (1899-06-20 - 1970-06-30)

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The Perth Branch of the Royal Mint (London) was established by Act of Parliament in Western Australia. It was the third mint branch to be opened in Australia. Its initial purpose was to refine the gold produced in Western Australia and to produce much needed coinage for the State in the form of sovereigns and half sovereigns. Coinage operations ceased when Australia came off the gold standard in 1931 and all subsequent output was in the form of gold bars. Apart from some shillings produced in 1922 and occasional medals, major coin production did not resume until 1940 when bronze circulating coins were made in 1968.

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AU WA A931 - PERTH MINT (1970-07-01 - 1988-01-01)

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The Royal Mint (London) had closed its Sydney Branch in 1926 and with the introduction of decimal coinage in both Australia and the United Kingdom, the status of the Melbourne and Perth branches was questioned. The Melbourne Branch was closed in 1966 and the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra opened in 1965 to mint all circulating currency for the Commonwealth. Control of the Perth Branch of the Royal Mint was transferred to the Western Australian government and the Perth Mint was established in 1970.

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General Account ledgers provide a summarised monthly account of gold and silver deposited at the Mint's Bullion Office against a summary of sovereigns, half-sovereigns, bullion and pyx pieces issued to the public. As such, this is a balance ledger and incoming amounts should equal outgoing amounts. The information recorded is as follows: CHARGE; date, balance (gold and silver), gold deposited and sent to the Bullion Office, totals, DISCHARGE; bullion issued to the public, coin issued to the public, pyx pieces, balance and totals.


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Range Control Symbol = 1 - 9

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