A Look Back at the Royal Canadian Mint Last Updated: 07/25/2014
The Royal Canadian Mint has been a producing Canada’s coins for over 100 years. Opened in 1908, the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint struck its first coin – an Edward VII silver fifty-cent piece. Since that first coin, the Royal Canadian Mint has undergone great change in the production of its coins; however, the basics remain the same. Metals are refined and melted down into large bars, then rolled out to thin the metal to the appropriate thickness. Blanks, or round discs, are cut from the metal to be struck as coins. The blanks are then struck by automatic presses for non-precious metal coins, or manual presses for precious metal collector coins. The images in this album give a unique look at how Canada’s money was made in the past and the similarities with the present.