This program aims to educate students about the important work of the Mint, as well as the history of Australia's currency, how it is produced, its denominations and designs.
- We have Australian curriculum-appropriate resource materials.
- Primary and middle years resources.
- Separate lower primary resources.
- Student activity sheets and IWB files.
- Links to videos and student interactives in 'Just for Fun'.
School groups are always welcome at the Mint.
When you arrive at the Mint, you will be greeted in the foyer by one of our friendly guides. Your guide will explain the function of the Mint and then escort your group up the stairs to the gallery.
The students will be taken on a tour which includes a 'Behind the News' video about the Mint, stories about the first Australian coins, the impact of the Gold Rush on Australia's currency, the introduction of decimal currency and much more.
Your group will then be taken to look at two different areas of the coin factory where they will see people and robots making coins, and be able to use touchscreens to learn more about the coin-making process.
The tour concludes with a photo opportunity.
Students will then be given time in the Mint Shop where they will have the opportunity to make a legal commemorative $1 coin to take home (cost $3 per coin).
The tour takes approximately one hour (including making a coin) but groups are welcome to stay longer if they wish.