Did you know that every single Canadian circulation coin is made right here in Winnipeg?
This winter, we’re here for tours that are right on the money! While you can book your own 45-minute tour (in English or French) with a guide that will take you throughout the facility, our latest Here For It video answers all the questions you may have before you go! Joining our host to tackle all the FAQs is Mireille Marion, Customer Experience Ambassador, Boutiques and Tours at the Royal Canadian Mint.
Facts about the Royal Canadian Mint that just make… cents!
Why are there so many flags outside of the Mint?
Driving toward the Mint, you’ll pass through a ‘Parade of Flags’ which represent all the countries for which the facility manufactures coins. Usually, there are up to 80 different international flags on display – the longest running contract is with Barbados.
What happened to Canada’s penny?
In 2012, the Royal Canadian Mint produced the very last penny in Winnipeg. This was because the cost to produce the penny exceeded the coin’s face value – it made no cents to continue producing it!
What features make a coin ‘Canadian?’
All of Canada’s coins in circulation have four different characteristics: the Effigy of the Queen, the date, the country, and the face value.
What can visitors expect on a tour?
From coin design to international shipping, visitors will learn about each part of the coining process that takes place at the Mint. Plus, expect fun facts about the architecture of the building, large displays and a behind-the-scenes birds’ eye view of the 50-ton coin pressing machine at work.
Why does the Mint make coins for other countries?
Some countries don’t have the resources or facilities to produce their own coins, which is why they create contracts with the Royal Canadian Mint.
Who designed the building?
Architect Étienne Gaboury designed the triangular-shaped building that stuck out of the surrounding landscape to look like a mountain in the Canadian prairies.
Does the Mint give out any free samples?
Unfortuantely, no. However, guests can explore the boutique located on the main floor – offering endless gift ideas, Canada merch and souvenir collector coins.