The Royal Canadian Mint
Bling bling! Head right to the source of all things shiny and gold. Taking up residence in a historic building next to the National Gallery of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mint is the place where handcrafted coins, gold bullion coins, and medals are made. Take a tour to see $1 million in gold, and feel the weight of a solid gold bar in your hands. Just don’t get any pirate-esque thoughts to walk away with some booty — there’s an on-site boutique where you can get collector coins without risking hard time.
- Guided tours of the Mint let visitors watch coins being made from galleries high above the manufacturing floor while learning about the craft of coin making from concept to finished product.
- The Mint makes collector coins in gold, silver, and platinum available individually and in collector sets. Browse and buy these unique coins, produced on-site, at the Mint Boutique.
- Examples of coins produced by the Mint recently: National Hockey League coin sets; Vancouver 2010 collection set; Canadiana watches; hologram coins.
- Visitors have the opportunity to see $1 million in gold up close and hold a solid gold bar in their hands.
- The Mint holds a 2007 Guinness World Record for the largest coin in the world - a masterpiece 100 kg, 99.999% pure gold coin worth $1 million.
- Reservations for guided tours are recommended.