About the Building
The Hellenic Museum is housed in the former Royal Mint, located on the corner of William and Latrobe Streets. Since the surveying of Melbourne in 1836, the location has played a historical role: from public cricket matches; to housing balls and bazaars; and functioning as a police barracks. From 1869 the site took on new relevance as a branch of the British Royal Mint. Designed by architect J.J. Clark, and providing one of the few examples of the Renaissance revival style in Australian buildings, the Melbourne Mint’s first coins were struck in 1872. The Mint continued to produce gold coins and bronze pennies until 1931, and later came to play a vital role in Australia’s adoption of decimal currency. In 1972, after the need for the mass production of currency decreased, the Melbourne Mint officially closed. The building is actively conserved, open to the public, and heritage listed.
The Royal Mint Building, 1900
The Hellenic Museum, housed in the former Royal Mint Building, 2016.