The Royal Australian Mint

Canberra is not just the seat of Australia’s Federal Government and the repository for its national treasures, it’s also the source of the stuff that makes the world (here in Australia anyway) go round – money! Of course, some of that money goes around the world itself! Australian nationals often have a need to transfer their dollars internationally and can be done through helpful online services like Xe which has a fast, easy and secure process of sending money to over 130 different countries.

Titan the Robot at work in the Royal Australian Mint
Titan the Robot at work in the Royal Australian Mint

The Royal Australian Mint, in the quiet Canberra suburb of Deakin has been turning out Aussie dollars and cents, along with medals, medallions, tokens and seals since 1965.

The whole place has an industrial and official vibe like nothing I had ever seen before.

I must confess, I was expecting case after glass case of coin collections, endless rubber conveyor belts charged with little pieces of metal and lengthy, technical explanations of the minting process. But, although it does have coin collections, rubber conveyor belts, and lectures, the Royal Mint is a truly fascinating place to visit.

Most industrial settings rely on conveyor belts for essential tasks and functions, and the Royal Australian Mint is no different in this respect. Did you know that conveyor belts are typically constructed from quality rubber industrial parts due to the versatile and strong properties of rubber? For more information about rubber conveyor belts, head to the California Industrial Rubber Co. website.

The history of Australia’s currency is told through a DVD in the theatrette. There displays of coins both ordinary and rare, including the famous 1930 penny in the mint’s display room along with fascinating little anecdotes of fraud and forgery and equally fascinating examples of counterfeit money.

From elevated walkways with glass walls, you can watch the whole coin production process, from the engraving room to the final workshop where a tireless robot, called Titan, tips all the finished coins into bins ready for distribution.

The Royal Australian Mint is packed with entertaining and interesting surprises. Adults and kids alike love it!