Canadian Mint marks 100 years
By Simon Fuller
There was no nickel
and diming yesterday as the Royal Canadian Mint
marked the end of its centennial year in style.
The Crown corporation has been making coins for
the last 100 years. And since 1976, the Winnipeg
plant at 520 Lagimodiere Blvd. has minted and
distributed every last one of them.
To mark this achievement, the mint cut the
ribbon yesterday on a brand new high-speed
blanking press. It replaces 30-year-old
equipment and doubles the speed of coin
"The Schuler press produces blank coins before
the image is struck on them," said Christine
Aquino, the mint's director of communications.
She said the last two years have seen a record
in production for the mint. Last year alone, it
made more than two billion coins of all
denominations, most of them are pennies.
"This facility can produce up to 20 million
coins a day and this new machine will help us
produce them even faster," Aquino said.
The St. Boniface building, designed by
Etienne-Joseph Gaboury, doesn't just service the
"We get a lot of orders from foreign governments
around the world," said Aquino. "In the last 25
years, we've made coins for over 60 different
countries here in Winnipeg."
After the unveiling, the mint welcomed employees
past and present to a special anniversary
celebration, where guests were allowed access to
high security parts of the building usually
restricted to the public.
The mint's distinctive ultra-modern facility on
Lagimodiere Boulevard opened in 1976 and has
become a local landmark with its distinctive
triangular roof soaring above the flat prairie