of information about the Royal Canadian Mint...
Young or old, it seems as if everyone is interested in how
money is produced. Based on our family's reaction, we found
this tour perfect for adults as well as children. It's both
educational and entertaining. Journeywoman learned that in
the past little while comedians, Rick Mercer as well as the
CEO of Blackberry stopped in to visit.
2. The Mint
is centrally located at 320 Sussex Drive Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada K1A 0G8. Website: http://www.mint.ca
3. If you
are interested in a tour, reservations are recommended. Tel:
(613) 993-8990, or (613) 993-8997 (toll free: 1-800-276-7714)
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
4. If you're
not interested in a tour, entrance to the boutique (open from
9:00am to 6:00pm) is free seven days a week. Collector coins
and mint memorabilia are on sale as well as objects connected
in some way to money. For example, we bought a pink piggy
bank wearing a tutu for my granddaughter and a loop to examine
coins for my grandson.
5. Every visitor
gets the opportunity to see and touch a gold bar that is worth
(at the time of writing) almost $600,000 on display in the
Mint's Boutique. Photography is not allowed during the tour
but that is understandable. How many other countries will
even allow citizens to come into a facility that creates money?
actually see how money is created via large glass window looking
down on the production line. If it is not a workday there
are excellent videos and display cases explaining each stage
of the production.
7. The Mint
in Ottawa makes collector coins . The Mint in Winnipeg makes
the circulation coins. These are the coins we use for our
daily spending. The likeness of Canada's Monarch has appeared
on every Canadian coin produced by the Mint since 1908.
8. The medals
awarded in the Vancouver 2011 Winter Olympics were crafted
at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa.
9. The work
of the Canadian Mint is held in high regard. They've produced
coinage for over 74 countries — centavos for Cuba, kroner
for Norway, fils for Yemen, pesos for Colombia, kroner for
Iceland, rupiah for Indonesia, baht forThailand, and a thousand-dollar
coin for Hong Kong. Other client nations include Israel, Barbados,
New Zealand and Uganda.