|You be the judge–does this look like a spy device?||It takes 10 pounds of pressure to separate these two metals…|
The original gold refinery was completed in 1911. It served the British empire by producing large quantities of gold bars throughout the Great War. A new refinery was built in 1936 and is still in operation today. It has produced 9999 fine gold bars since 1969, and in 1982 became the world’s first refinery to produce 9999 fine gold bullion coins. In 1999, the Mint became the first to achieve 99999 fine gold purity.
Ever wonder how much a bar of gold weighs? Under the watchful eye of a security guard, you can heft a gold bar in the Store.(It’s chained to the stand though–in case you get any ideas). The bar is surprisingly weighty–kind of puts holes in the stories of a duffel-bag full of gold bars being toted around by bank robbers…
The Royal Canadian Mint (Ottawa) is located in a beautiful historic building on
The Royal Canadian Mint Ottawa Headquarters
The guided tour covers the process from metal refining, design, hand crafting to mass production. The RCM holds patents and industry firsts in the field of coin minting.
Guided tours of the mint are available from Monday – Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The tour takes about 45 minutes. The Boutique is open Monday – Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. You can make reservations for a tour at 613-993-8990, or 613-993-8997. You can also call toll-free at 1-800-276-7714.
Prices for tours are reasonable between $2.25 – $6.00, family passes for $11.25 – $15.00 with prices being cheaper on the weekends. Kids 4 and under are free. They also offer discounted prices for groups of 20 or more but will require a deposit when reserving.
Ludek Kovár, Wikimedia Commons
GUINESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS
The mint is in the Guiness Book of World Records for the largest gold coin ever–a 100-kg 99.999% pure gold bullion coin with a $1 million face value. The maple leaf was designed by Stan Witten, on the obverse side is an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
OF INTEREST ON THE WEB
Check out some award-winning coins at the mint: Click here to see the 2010 Olympic coins (opens in new window) or read about the stories behind the making of the medals for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
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