The Perth Mint, Australia's oldest operating mint, was established on 20 Jun 1899 as a branch of Britain's Royal Mint. Its original task were to refine the gold from Western Australia's Kalgoorlie gold fields and turn it into sovereigns and half-sovereigns. Today, the Perth Mint, operating under the guarantee of the Western Australian Government, is Australia's specialist legal tender coinage.
In conjunction with this centenary event in 1999, Australia Post has issued a single stamp featuring both sides of an 1899 gold sovereign. The obverse features a portrait of Queen Victoria, and the reverse the legendary Saint George and the Dragon. The coin faces on the stamps are gold embossed, thus adding the reflective quality of real gold to the sovereigns.
Date of Issue : 13 May 1999
Postmark : East Perth WA 6004
Denomination : AU$2.00
Stamp Size : 50mm x 30mm
Paper : De La Rue
Printing Process : Offset lithography
A LIL' NOTE
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