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Mint Building

Item details

Name of item: Mint Building
Other name/s: Mint Building, Royal Mint
Type of item: Built
Group/Collection: Finance
Category: Mint
Primary address: Macquarie Street, Sydney, NSW 2000
Parish: St James
County: Cumberland
Local govt. area: Sydney
Property description
Lot/Volume CodeLot/Volume NumberSection NumberPlan/Folio CodePlan/Folio Number
LOT42 DP47116
All addresses
Street AddressSuburb/townLGAParishCountyType
Macquarie StreetSydneySydneySt JamesCumberlandPrimary Address
Queen's SquareSydneySydneySt JamesCumberlandAlternate Address


Organisation NameOwner CategoryDate Ownership Updated
Historic Houses Trust of NSWGeneral 

Statement of significance:

The place is important as one of the three Australian mints at which the Commonwealth government minted the first Australian coins in Australia following the federation of the Australian colonies. The minting of the coins at the Sydney Mint commenced in 1916 and continued until the closure of the building as a mint in 1926.
Date significance updated: 13 Nov 01
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Former use: Mint


Historical notes: The Sydney Mint, together with the mint opened later in Melbourne and Perth, was originally established as a branch of the Royal Mint. With the federation of the Australian colonies, the Commonwealth Government acquried the responsibilty for issuing Australian banknotes and coins. Up until 1916, however, all Australian coins were produced in England. At that point, the Melbourne Mint began to produce most Australia's silver and bronze coins, but the Sydney Mint also produced smaller quantities of coins, as did the Perth Mint in the period 1921-23. Together, the three mints produced the first Australian coins minted in Australia by the federal government after federation. The Sydney Mint ceased production of coins and closed down as a mint in 1926.

Historic themes

Australian theme (abbrev)New South Wales themeLocal theme
3. Economy-Developing local, regional and national economies Commerce-Activities relating to buying, selling and exchanging goods and services (none)-

Procedures /Exemptions

Section of actDescriptionTitleCommentsAction date
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Jul 17 1992
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Dec 18 1992
57(2)Exemption to allow workHeritage Act Feb 27 1997
57(2)Exemption to allow workStandard Exemptions SCHEDULE OF STANDARD EXEMPTIONS
Order Under Section 57(2) of the Heritage Act, 1977

I, the Minister for Planning, pursuant to section 57(2) of the Heritage Act 1977, on the recommendation of the Heritage Council of New South Wales, do by this Order:
1. revoke the Schedule of Exemptions to subsection 57(1) of the Heritage Act made under subsection 57(2) and published in the Government
Gazette on 7 March 2003, 18 June 2004 and 8 July 2005; and
2. grant standard exemptions from section 57(1) of the Heritage Act 1977, described in the Schedule below.

Minister for Planning
Sydney, 25 March 2006

To view the schedule click on the Standard Exemptions for Works Requiring Heritage Council Approval link below.
Mar 25 2006

PDF Standard exemptions for works requiring Heritage Council approval


Heritage ListingListing TitleListing NumberGazette DateGazette NumberGazette Page
Heritage Act - State Heritage Register - Element 0019002 Apr 99 271546
Heritage Act - Permanent Conservation Order - former 0019002 Oct 81 144 
Local Environmental PlanCSH LEP 4 07 Apr 00   
Cumberland County Council list of Historic Buildings 1961-67     
Register of the National Estate  21 Mar 78   

References, internet links & images

TypeAuthorYearTitleInternet Links
ElectronicHistoric Houses Trust Museums View detail
WrittenSydney Living Museums2017Convict Sydney View detail

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Data source

The information for this entry comes from the following source:
Name: Heritage Office
Database number: 5045151
File number: S90/01189; S96/00465 [S170]

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