The Mint's high-tech plant
in Winnipeg produces over 1 billion circulation coins each year. You
find them in your pocket and use them for tips, parking meters,
vending machines, piggy banks&ldots; As they say change is
good! The Mint also produces limited-mintage numismatic coins
honouring major national achievements and themes. Though they bear a
denomination, they are not meant for circulation, and their actual
worth is usually significantly greater than their face value. Crafted
of gold, silver or platinum, the Mint's collector coins are
individually handled as they enter the presses. A single coin may be
struck up to three times to achieve a crisp, flawless impression.
Certain coins feature the Mint's proprietary technologies: double
holograms, selective plating, colouring or laser enhancement.