The discovery of gold in 1867 is the most significant event in Queensland’s history. Just eight years after Queen Victoria granted independence from New South Wales, the fledgling Colony of Queensland faced depression and financial ruin. The discovery of gold at Gympie changed the course of history. Gold saved Queensland. The journey from freedom to prosperity was hard fought. In 1887 significant tension remained between the Queensland and New South Wales Colonies. Gold sourced from Queensland accounted for almost 70% of production at the Sydney Mint. Queenslanders were outraged local wealth was exported to the benefit of Sydney bankers and their London masters. “Our gold is sliding from us for foreign paper”. “What good will this be in a crisis?” “Queenslands gold must remain for the benefit of Queenslanders” . A populist movement began on the 6th January 1887, eventually winning the support of the Queensland government. The Queensland Mint was proposed to “protect and preserve Queensland’s wealth and independence” The golden spirit of freedom and financial independence born in 1887 lives on with the Queensland Mint today. A mine to mint strategy enables us to discover, recover, recycle and market local Queensland gold in a sustainable way. The iconic Queensland Mint logo, featuring a bounding kangaroo silhouette at sunrise, is known as a quality mint mark for pure gold and silver. The Queensland Mint through products like the distinctive Crown Coin Series and the popular Duo Strike Ultra Shine Bullion Bars promotes the golden story of Queensland to investors and collectors throughout the world.
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