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The E-Sylum:  Volume 10, Number 53, December 30, 2007, Article 13

NEW TECHNOLOGY KEEPS WINNIPEG ROYAL CANADIAN MINT BUSY

Dick Johnson writes: "'Multi-plating' is the new buzzword
in minting technology and the Royal Canadian Mint in Winnipeg
is leading the way. As a result of implementing this new
technology countries of the world are beating a path to
this Western Canadian institution to have their coins
manufactured, some even with mints of their own.

"The innovative use of plating several layers of nickel
and zinc on steel cores -- invented inside the Winnipeg
Mint -- is reason why their base composition costs are
low. The Mint struck 1.2 billion coins in 2007 and have
multi-million dollar contracts that have booked solid
the Mint's entire production capacity for 2008.

"Winnipeg mint official Hieu Truong, executive engineer
who headed up the research team and the multi-ply process's
inventor, said the mint is clearly a world leader in minting
technology. Truong developed the multi-ply technology after
frustrating efforts with the older single-plating technology
that is still used by many countries.

Truong praises the coins for resisting tarnishing better
than others and offering heightened security because of
unique electromagnetic signatures that prevent vending
machine fraud.

The Winnipeg facility has produced coins for more than
60 countries in the last 25 years.

Here are more details in an article published December 27, 2007:
http://www.winnipegfreepress.com "

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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