A new educational display for the Royal Australian Mint’s tourist gallery has been presented to the Mint today.
The display will further educate students and visitors to the Mint about the coin production process.
"The Mint does not make the actual blank coins so up until this point we have only been able to demonstrate to visitors what happens to the blank coins once we receive them," said Ross MacDiarmid, Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Australian Mint.
"We are now able to provide a complete explanation of the coin production process from beginning to end," said Mr MacDiarmid.
"This year we are focusing on delivering better educational services and this is just the beginning. I would like to thank Poongsan for donating the model to the Mint Gallery."
Poongsan Corporation, a Korean-based organisation, donated the coin blank manufacture display as they specialise in the development and mass production of copper-based alloys supplying the Mint with blanks which are used to create Australia’s coinage.
The presentation took place in the tourist gallery at the Royal Australian Mint. Ross MacDiarmid and representatives from the Mint were joined by His Excellency Dr Kim Woo Sang, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Mr Jin Roy Ryu, Chairman Poongsan Corporation and other Poongsan representatives.
For further information on the Royal Australian Mint and its tourist facilities please visit www.ramint.gov.au/ or phone (02) 6202 6999.
About the Royal Australian Mint
His Royal Highness, The Duke of Edinburgh, officially opened the Royal Australian Mint, Canberra, on Monday 22nd February 1965. The Mint was commissioned to produce Australia’s decimal coinage, which was to be introduced into circulation on 14th February 1966. The Royal Australian Mint holds a place in history as the first mint in Australia not to be a branch of the Royal Mint, London.