While the Royal Canadian Mint’s Ottawa facility no longer produces Canada’s circulation coins, it is still one of the most respected producers of handcrafted coins, gold buillon and medals in the world. Guided tours give visitors a chance to walk along galleries high above the production floor and see how coins are minted, while at the same time, learn about the production of coins from the design process to the completion of the product.
The Royal Canadian mint also hosts a record-breaking one million dollar coin, the largest gold coin ever produced and a Guinness World Record from 2007. Apart from seeing this treasure close up, you’ll also get the chance to hold a solid gold bar in your hands and feel the weight yourself. If you feel like a little bit of shopping after seeing all that bling or simply want to take a look at that extensive coin compendium yourself, you can see and purchase different individual coins and coin collections in the boutique. The Royal Canadian Mint was responsible for producing the athlete medals for the 1976 Montreal and the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and similarly, sports and athletes coins are very popular. The coins are popular with collectors who value the piece of history they represent and the careful designing and manufacturing that went into it and thus, not only the buillon Vancouver 2010 coins, but also the National Hockey League coin sets have found plenty of buyers.
The Royal Canadian Mint is located right next to the National Gallery of Canada on the banks of the Ottawa River and to get there by public transport, take bus number 9 to either Boteler or Bruyere station. Daily opening hours between September and May are from 9am to 4pm. In the winter months, the mint opens from Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and on the weekends from 9am to 4:30pm.