Tuesday, June 5, 2012
For $ 68 million, an expansion of 70,000 square feet is under construction and added to the 180,000 square feet at the Royal Canadian Mint building in Winnipeg.
This expansion will be completed in June 2013 and will be used primarily for production of multi-ply, plated-steel coins. Paul Lefebvre said that the objective of the RCM is to increase the international production of steel coins from 8% to 30% in 8 years.
With the additional 70,000 square feet, 5,000 square feet will be used for research and development. The number of employees should also increase from 300 to 350 over the next year.
The last expansion of this building was in 1999 with the addition of 60,000 square feet that also serve for production.
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Two hundred years after the start of the conflict in 1812, the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to announce the launch of a series of five new commemorative circulation coins celebrating the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Here's the first of these coins, which is already in circulation :
This historic naval battle in June 1813 resulted in the death of 23 Shannon crewmen. Graves of fallen crewmen are marked in the Royal Navy Burying Ground and at the Old Burial Ground, administered by St. Paul's Church in Halifax. Shannon's bell is currently on display in Halifax at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.
The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to celebrate Canada's history, culture and values through inspirational coins and we are delighted to join Canadians in celebrating the bicentennial of the War of 1812 by launching a new series of commemorative circulation coins dedicated to these pivotal moments in early Canadian history.
The two-dollar circulation coin featuring HMS Shannon's dramatic victory at sea allows Canadians far and wide to collect a coin as prized for its visual beauty as for its historical meaning.
- Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint
Key historical figures which influenced the successful fight for Canada in the War of 1812 will also be honoured on four new 25-cent circulation coins to be released later in 2012 and 2013. Our ancestors who valiantly defended British North America and ushered 200 years of peace on the North American continent will be represented by: General Sir Isaac Brock, Chief Tecumseh, Charles de Salaberry and Laura Secord. The designs of these coins will be revealed in conjunction with their official circulation date, from 2012 to 2013.
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