The Royal Canadian Mint has a long and storied history, maintaining its position as one of the world’s most prestigious mints.
For the first fifty years (beginning in 1858) Canadian coinage was produced at the Royal Mint in London. As Canada grew into its own nationhood, the need for more coinage became paramount. In 1901, a branch of the Royal Mint was built in Ottawa.
During the Great Depression, Canada negotiated its independence from the Royal Mint and, in 1931, became the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Royal Canadian Mint then began refining gold in its assay department, using electrolysis. When this process proved to be cumbersome and time consuming and, in 2006, they opened a new, state-of-the-art silver refinery.
Today, the Royal Canadian Mint has an additional branch in Winnipeg and continues to produce exceptional gold and silver coinage and bullion bars. The Gold Maple Leaf, Silver Maple Leaf and several commemorative series make this mint one of the world’s favorites.
Many of the coinage produced at the Royal Canadian Mint, including their Maple Leaf coins, are available in a variety of fractional sizes, providing value at several levels.