A Penny for your Thoughts

Last week while on vacation in Manitoba we ventured into the city of Winnipeg and toured the Royal Canadian Mint. I lived down the road from the Mint for a few years but had never been inside. During the 45-minute tour we were taken through the various steps involved in making coins.

The tour was full of interesting facts. Did you know that over 40 coining presses at the Winnipeg Mint enable the production of up to 20 million coins per day? And did you know that besides making Canadian coins, the Winnipeg Mint also makes foreign circulation coins for at least 75 other countries around the world? If you’re ever in Winnipeg, I encourage you to take a tour of this facility.

Check out the Royal Canadian Mint website here.

Peeking out of a Canadian 1 cent coin (penny) at the Mint.
Peeking out of a Canadian 1 cent coin (penny) at the Mint. The Mint stopped distribution of the penny earlier this year as it’s being phased out.
Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg.
Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg.
Inside the Mint.
Inside the Mint.
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic medals.
The 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic medals, which were uniquely crafted by the Mint.
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