Celebrate the Royal Canadian Mint's Centennial on Canada Day!

    OTTAWA, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - The Royal Canadian Mint is opening its
doors to all on Canada Day to celebrate its centennial with fun-filled family
activities. All activities will take place at the Mint's historic,
100-year-old facility in downtown Ottawa.

    Where:  Royal Canadian Mint
    ------  320 Sussex Drive
            Ottawa, Ontario

    When:   July 1, 2008
    -----   9:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Visitors are invited to...

    - Learn more about the history of the Royal Canadian Mint by watching a
      special centennial play, running every hour throughout the day until
      5:00 p.m.
    - Find out more about the fascinating world of coin production by
      participating in a free tour of the Mint as well as take some time to
      browse for great gift ideas and memorabilia in the Mint's Boutique.
    - Exchange coins to receive a 50-cent circulation coin. The 50-cent coin
      was the first denomination to be produced at the Royal Canadian Mint
      when it opened on January 2, 1908.
    - Get their photo taken at the historical photo booth.
    - Participate in onsite games and enjoy clowns and face painters.
    - Receive a free Mint centennial-themed cookie.
    - Enjoy the barbecue that will be held from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
      (priced to please).

    About the Royal Canadian Mint

    Over the past century, the Royal Canadian Mint has emerged as a global
leader in minting. A few of its internationally-renowned "firsts" include
developing a revolutionary coin-plating process, producing the world's
thinnest bi-metallic coin, the purest 99.999% bullion gold coin and first
coloured circulation coin in the world.
    The Ottawa facility, which occupies the same premises on which the Mint
was founded, produces hand-crafted collector and commemorative coins, gold
bullion coins, medals and medallions. It also houses a gold and silver
refinery. Established in 1976, the Winnipeg Mint is a high-tech, high-volume
manufacturing facility where Canada's circulation coinage is produced, as well
as coins for countries around the world.

For further information:

For further information: Alex Reeves, Manager, Communications, Royal
Canadian Mint, (613) 949-5777, reeves@mint.ca

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