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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 1, January 6, 2008, Article 9

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL

[The Royal Canadian Mint issued the following press release
on January 2, 2008.  Happy birthday!  -Editor]

One hundred years ago today, Governor General Earl Grey activated
the press to strike a fifty-cent piece, Canada's first domestically
produced coin. What would become known as the Royal Canadian Mint
was officially open for business.

"To celebrate the centennial of the Mint is to celebrate the
history of Canada," said Mr. Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO
of the Royal Canadian Mint. "Over the past century, the Mint has
played an important role in the economic and social fabric of our
nation, by creating circulation and commemorative collector coins
which are a true testament to Canada's rich heritage and values."

The Mint's Ottawa facility, which occupies the same premises
on which the Mint was founded, produces hand-crafted collector
and commemorative coins, gold bullion coins, medals and medallions.
Established in 1976, the Winnipeg Mint is a high-tech, high-volume
manufacturing facility where Canada's circulation coinage is
produced, as well as coins for countries around the world.

"Throughout 2008, the Mint is celebrating its employees who,
both past and present, have contributed to its remarkable success,"
added Mr. Bennett. "Their combined efforts and overwhelming
dedication have made the Mint one of the most innovative and
respected in the world."

To commemorate its centennial, the Mint is producing a
high-quality limited edition book which will describe the
corporation's rich history in both text and photography.
Numismatic coins marking this special anniversary will also
be issued mid-year. In addition, Canada Post has announced that,
in June, it will recognize the occasion by issuing a
commemorative stamp in the Mint's honour.

This year, the Mint is inviting visitors to stop by its
Ottawa and Winnipeg facilities, to take a tour, browse the
boutique and be a part of its anniversary celebrations. To
mark the occasion, the 100th visitor every day will receive
a special commemorative gift. The Mint will also be taking an
opportunity on Canada Day to open its doors and celebrate its
centennial with fun-filled family activities.

To read the complete press release, see:
Full Story

[We'll look forward to the new book on the history of the
Royal Canadian Mint.  Is anyone familiar with the project?
I was unable to locate a listing for any books on the mint's
web site.  -Editor]

To visit the Royal Canadian Mint web site, see:
Royal Canadian Mint

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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