OTTAWA, ONTARIO — The countdown is on as the Royal Canadian Mint prepares to launch a unique and interactive pavilion for visitors during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
An impressive exhibit showcasing award-winning numismatic and circulation coins, world-class craftsmanship through the making of the Olympic and Paralympic medals, and the world-famous million-dollar gold coin is set to open February 12, 2010.
"Today marks one week until Vancouver hosts the biggest sporting event in the world," said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. "As a proud supporter of the 2010 Winter Games, the Mint is excited to welcome visitors to our pavilion where they will find unique attractions, interactive technology and the opportunity to get behind the scenes at the Mint. We promise an unforgettable experience for visitors of all ages."
The Royal Canadian Mint exhibit will offer visitors a unique opportunity to:
- get an up-close view of the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and see how they were made
- see the Mint’s world-famous million-dollar gold coin and other gold products
- learn how coins are made and strike your own token inspired by the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games
- participate in children’s programming
- collect all Vancouver 2010 circulation coins to complete your collection
- purchase unique Vancouver 2010 souvenirs
Visitors will experience the passion and innovative spirit for which the Mint is recognized worldwide at this must-see exhibit in downtown Vancouver from February 12 to 28, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at 500 Granville Street (at Pender).
Additional info on the exhibit
The Story Behind the Medals: A showcase featuring the making of the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games where visitors will have a once in a lifetime opportunity to get up close to the medals and discover how a design that celebrates Canada’s culture, history and people was brought to life.
Gold Room: A display highlighting the Royal Canadian Mint’s role in Canada’s gold industry and featuring a variety of gold products, including the Mint’s world-renowned Million Dollar Coin as well as a "hands-on" experience with a 400 oz. gold bar that visitors will be allowed to handle.
Strike your own Token: Guests can strike their own tokens from a number of designs inspired by the 2010 Winter Games.
Kids Zone: The Royal Canadian Mint has developed two educational programs that will encourage children to explore Canada’s national mint. Participants will be led through a series of structured games and interactive activities that are based on the Vancouver 2010 Circulation Coins, and that also take advantage of numerous displays.
Vancouver 2010 Coin Swap: Visitors can complete (or start) their collection of special Vancouver 2010 circulation coins produced by the Royal Canadian Mint. With 17 coins in all to collect, a new coin will be available every day.
Interactive Zone: Featuring video gaming stations, spot tournaments and prizing for winners. Visitors will also be invited to step into the photo and video booth to submit a short video to demonstrate why they should be considered the ultimate Vancouver 2010 fan.
The Royal Canadian Mint Story: See circulation coins produced by the Mint for countries around the world as well as a video on coin production and the history of the Mint.
About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale.
The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.