OTTAWA - On Jan. 2, 1908, Governor General Earl Grey activated the press to strike Canada's first domestically produced coin, a 50-cent piece. What would become known as the ROYAL CANADIAN MINT was officially open for business.
The Mint's Ottawa facility, which occupies the same premises on which the Mint was founded, produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions. Established in 1976, the Winnipeg Mint is a high-tech, high-volume manufacturing facility where Canada's circulation coinage is produced, as well as coins for countries around the world.
To commemorate its centennial, the Mint is producing a high-quality limited edition book which will describe the corporation's rich history in both text and photography. Numismatic coins marking this special anniversary will also be issued mid-year. In addition, Canada Post has announced that, in June, it will recognize the occasion by issuing a commemorative stamp in the Mint's honour.
This year, the Mint is inviting visitors to stop by its Ottawa and Winnipeg facilities, to take a tour, browse the boutique and be a part of its anniversary celebrations. To mark the occasion, the 100th visitor every day will receive a special commemorative gift. The Mint will also be taking an opportunity on Canada Day to open its doors and celebrate its centennial with fun-filled family activities.
To learn more about the Mint's products and services, visit www.mint.ca.