ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT
People have been collecting coins for almost as long as coins have been minted, making coin collecting one of the world's oldest hobbies. For serious collectors, the value of a coin goes well beyond the bullion. A coin can be a symbol of an era, a commemoration of a historical event, or even just a beautiful work of art featuring the designs of local artisans.
As many collectors know, Canadian coins are some of the most unique and beautiful in the world. Featuring elements of our history, culture and wildlife, their designs give the coins value beyond the monetary cost of the coin. Honoured with many international awards, Canadian coins are a worthy addition to any coin collection. The Royal Canadian Mint has made many beautiful, rare and valuable coins available for purchase through numismatic dealers across the country and through Mint.ca. Coins vary in price and include many special edition coins, including limited edition pure gold and silver coins featuring a grizzly bear and a snowy owl.
The Royal Canadian Mint has been around since 1908, when the first branch was opened in Ottawa. Then called Britain's Royal Mint, the opening of a minting branch in Canada was a big moment in Canadian history. On January 2nd, 1908, Governor General Earl Gray, struck Canada's first domestically produced coin: a silver fifty cent coin bearing the image of His Majesty King Edward VIII. More coins soon followed in silver, copper and gold.
Throughout the twentieth century, the Canadian Mint designed and produced a large number of beautiful coins. By 1937, Canadian coins began to acquire a more Canadian feel, with unique designs featuring the caribou, the beaver, the maple leaf and the Bluenose fishing schooner. Coins were produced to commemorate important events in Canadian history: Newfoundland's entry into the Confederation (1947), Canada's new Coat of Arms (1959), the adoption of Canada's national anthem (1981) and many other historical milestones.
Like many hobbies, coin collecting makes you a part of an exclusive group of individuals who understand and appreciate the value of a collectible coin. The Royal Canadian Mint offers its most loyal customers a membership program that gives them exclusive offers, sell-out alerts, free shipping, priority access to limited coins, as well as free tours of the Canadian Mint in Ottawa. The Masters Club membership can be achieved with a spend of $999, with each purchase counting toward the membership
The Royal Canadian Mint often features deals and promotions that will get the collector in you running for your wallet. Offers include free gifts with purchase, free shipping and occasional special promotions of limited edition coins. Watch for deals in the following possible formats:
- Get a free display case when you subscribe to the Canoe Across Canada collection
- Free shipping when you buy 3 or more coins
- Free book with a $300 spend
- Free holiday gift set on orders $200+
Getting the deals on Mint.ca is easy. Follow these steps to take advantage of deals and promos on Mint.ca:
- Click on the deal you'd like to use. The Mint.ca website will open in a new tab in your browser.
- If the deal you've chosen is a sale or promotion on the website, the applicable page will open and you can shop as usual. For instance, a promotion like "Free shipping on orders $100 or more" does not require a coupon and will automatically be applied to your order if your order meets the minimum spend.
- If the deal you've chosen is a coupon, copy the code on the Dealguild page and proceed to Mint.ca to make your purchase.
- Once you've picked the beautiful Canadian coin you'd like to add to your collection, head over to checkout by clicking on the cart icon near the top right-hand corner of the page.
- On the checkout page, paste your coupon code into the "Promotional Code" field below your order summary. Click "Update".
- The Mint on Facebook: A great place for Canadian history facts, updates on new coins and many useful and interesting links for coin enthusiasts and history buffs.
- The Mint on Twitter: Be the first to see new coins and stay in the loop with news and updates from the Royal Canadian Mint.
- The Mint on YouTube: Another great place for coin-lovers and history buffs. Watch videos featuring Canadian coins, including behind-the-scenes looks at coin production and interviews with the artists behind the designs.
- The Mint on Pinterest: The Mint's Pinterest account will make you feel proud to be Canadian. With historical photographs from the First World War and other pins featuring various Canadian contributions to history, this page will give you a new appreciation for the events our coins commemorate.
- The Mint on Google Plus: A great place for news, updates and other info pertaining to the Royal Canadian Mint.
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