Friday, September 11, 2015

'There's gold in them thar hills'!



We paid a visit to The Perth Mint (check out some of those coins) on Monday, unfortunately there is a 'no photography' policy, perhaps the itinerary below gives a clue as to why :) I didn't get a decent close up of the sculpture 'The Strike' by WA sculptor extraordinaire Greg James, who's work you have seen here many times, you can see it so much better here. Depicting the discovery of gold by William Ford and Arthur Bayley back in 1892.. the discovery that 'would secure the future of the struggling colony of Western Australia'..


 Opened in 1899 it was then the Perth branch of the British Royal Mint and remained so until 1970 when control passed to the Government of Western Australia. Definitely worth a visit, you'll have to come and see the gold for yourself :) TGIF, am I the only one? Happy Friday, take care and stay safe...


30 comments:

  1. Oh yes, this is one incredible place. Coolest title ever you thought up for this too, great post.

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  2. After growing up in the Mountains of the Serra Nevada's, I so appreciate this posting. Thanx For Sharing!! Cheers

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  3. Ah, gold indeed!!! And, yes, I do love your photos and the title, too!! You do know how to start my day with a big smile!!! Hope you have a beautiful, fun weekend, Grace!!!

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  4. Reminds me of the gold rush in California in the late 1840s...I hope that you were able to bring home a little of that gold.

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  5. That's an impressive building to house all that valuable stuff. Did you come home with any gold or diamonds?

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  6. That must have been so interesting, Grace. I love the gates!

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  7. Really magnificent buildning and the port is lovely.

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  8. Historic and interesting post, G






    ALOHA
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  9. Quite an eye catching place, Grace. I haven't paid a visit to our Royal Mint here.

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  10. Looking at that website i see that it is mainly for collectors with a lot of money!

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  11. Very attractive place. Did you get any free samples?
    Have a great Friday!

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  12. It is a beautiful place! When I visited the U.S. mint in Philadelphia, they would not allow pictures either.

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  13. I think the Perth Mint makes all of our commemorative coins. There are some very nice ones to be seen at the website, and expensive too.

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  14. Fascinating, with all that gold I can see why they would be wary about taking pictures..

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  15. Great architecture and I love the gates.

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  16. A magnificent gate for a very important place.

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  17. Impressive gate and very interesting design from the second picture, from what I see it is too separate gates.

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  18. Those are some wonderfully ornate gates though presumably there must be more security these days than a set of gates! One can understand the no-photography rule here a bit more than in some other places.

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  19. Even though you couldn't take pictures, I'm sure it was a golden experience (haha). Must be interesting to see how they do it. Maybe I should see if there are tours of our local mint.

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  20. a beautiful building that has iron

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  21. That gate looks great, and did you dig some gold, there below?

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  22. I like everything of this building!

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  23. It's a beautiful gate,never thought to take a photo of it when I've visited (twice already)!

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  24. wel heel mooi om daar te zijn.

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  25. ... how about 'free samples'? Get any? hahahahaha

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  26. An impressive icon. So love the design of those gates in the second last photo.

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  27. Those gates look beautiful but sturdy! I confess that I have never visited a mint. I think I would enjoy it if I did! Sad you were not able to take photos.

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