Perth Mint Gold Bars
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10 oz Perth Mint "kangaroo" Perth Mint Gold Bar. Actual bar size - 58mm x 37mm
The Perth Mint is the oldest still-running mint in Australia, and the country's largest gold refiner. The Mint was opened in 1899 as a branch of London' Royal Mint in order to manufacture gold for use in Australia. The Perth Mint has been manufacturing 400 oz gold bullion bars since 1928 under varying names (including Royal Mint Perth Branch from 1928 to 1970). As of 2010 The Perth Mint is owned by Gold Corporation. The Perth Mint is a long established bullion manufacturer held in high esteem.
The Perth Mint logo official stamp seen on Perth Mint gold bars features a swan. This was chosen for the river Swan, that runs through Perth.
Perth Mint Gold Bar Sizes
Perth Mint gold bars are made in a range of sizes and the standard range includes 13 cast and 7 minted bars. Most bars are made at 999.9 purity, with the exception of the 400 oz and 1000 g bars, which are made at 995 as well as at 999.9.
Cast (i.e. poured) bars come in sizes 400 oz, 50 oz, 20 oz, 10 oz, 5 oz, 2.5 oz, 1 oz, 0.5 oz, 1000 g, 500 g, 250 g, 100 g, and 10 tola.
Minted bars come in 100 g, 50 g, 20 g, 10 g, 5 g, 10 oz and 1 oz. Smaller minted bars come in "credit card" style security packaging, with the bar being sealed for security inside a clear plastic "blister" within the presentation card. The bar's id number matches that seen on the security card.
Perth Mint Kangaroo Bars
In addition to the standard range, Perth Mint also makes a range of "Kangaroo" gold bars, as seen in the image on the right of the page. These minted bars are available in seven sizes - 100 g, 50 g, 20 g, 10 g, 5 g, 10 oz, and 1 oz. These bars have been available since 2010 and are issued in the presentation cards.
Perth Mint Oriana Bars
Since 2006 The Perth Mint has minted a range of 9 bars in the "Oriana" range. Oriana is a golden-haired Goddess and her images is depicted on the reverse side. The range is minted at 999.9 fineness and features mirror-finish designs on a "frosted" field (background). The Oriana range has no 10 oz bar, but includes the small 2.5 g, 2 g, and 1 g bars.
The Perth Mint Swindle
The Perth Mint Swindle was the name given to a famous Australian gold bullion heist of 1981. 49 gold bars were stolen with a total weight of 68 kg. Three brothers were originally accused, found guilty and given heavy sentence. However, the case was later overturned on revelation of fabricated evidence and remains unsolved to this day. In the carefully executed swindle, stolen building society cheques were used to purchase gold bullion, which was delivered by a security company to an office in Perth and then to an airport, which was the last that was seen of it. However in 1989, 55kg of gold pellets were found outside the gates of a television station, with a note stating that the Mickelberg brothers were innocent.
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