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The Royal Cana­dian Mint, that im­pos­ing, fortress-like build­ing on Sus­sex Drive, was first built in 1908 so that Cana­dian coins could be struck on na­tive soil. Pre­vi­ously, all cur­rency pro­duc­tion was done in Eng­land. Although the Ot­tawa head­quar­ters no longer makes cir­cu­la­tion coins (that job now be­longs to the Win­nipeg fa­cil­ity), it’s still re­spon­si­ble for col­lec­tor and com­mem­o­ra­tive coins, gold bul­lion coins, medals, and medal­lions. Tours of the fa­cil­ity are avail­able, and in­clude in­for­ma­tion on coin cre­ation, as well as a closer look at the Van­cou­ver 2010 Olympic medals, the fa­mous Mil­lion Dol­lar Coin, and a gold bar that’s worth more than $750,000.

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