The Royal Canadian Mint is opening its doors to all on Canada Day to celebrate its centennial with fun-filled family activities. All activities will take place at the Mint’s historic, 100-year-old facility in downtown Ottawa.
Visitors are invited to:
- Learn more about the history of the Royal Canadian Mint by watching a special centennial play, running every hour throughout the day until 5:00 p.m.
- Find out more about the fascinating world of coin production by participating in a free tour of the Mint as well as take some time to browse for great gift ideas and memorabilia in the Mint’s Boutique.
- Exchange coins to receive a 50-cent circulation coin. The 50-cent coin was the first denomination to be produced at the Royal Canadian Mint when it opened on January 2, 1908.
- Get their photo taken at the historical photo booth.
- Participate in onsite games and enjoy clowns and face painters.
- Receive a free Mint centennial-themed cookie.
- Enjoy the barbecue that will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (priced to please).
Royal Canadian Mint
320 Sussex Drive
July 1, 2008
9:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
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About the Royal Canadian Mint
Over the past century, the Royal Canadian Mint has emerged as a global leader in minting. A few of its internationally-renowned “firsts” include developing a revolutionary coin-plating process, producing the world’s thinnest bi-metallic coin, the purest 99.999% bullion gold coin and first coloured circulation coin in the world.
The 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. It also houses a gold and silver refinery. 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.