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Sunday, December 19, 2004

Exterior of the Royal Mint, which we toured. for security reasons, no photos are permitted inside, not even in the gift shop. I am not making this up. It was one of the better tours, quite a lot of fun to see several million dollars worth of gold and silver, not to mention the assembly line where all 33 million poppy quarters were produced. Nowadays, the Ottawa mint mostly does specialty work, as the Winnipeg mint is responsible for most circulation coins. Another fun fact: there are only about 25 mints on the planet, and so Canada gets hired to coin the currencies of many other nations, and some odd specialty items, including the medal given at Graceland to the winner of their annual Elvis impersonation contest.
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