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Refinery

A Canadian Crown corporation, the Royal Canadian Mint operates one of the most respected gold and silver refineries in the world—producing precious metal bars, wafers, grain and custom products and refining gold for the world-leading Gold Maple Leaf coin program.

Operating since 1911, the Mint Refinery began refining gold to 9999 fine purity in the mid-1960s. In 1982, it became the first to produce 9999 bullion coins—and in 1998 achieved 99999 purity. The Royal Canadian Mint today is the only global mint to issue a 99999 pure gold bullion investment coin.

The rigour of our production standards is equalled by the stringency of our security protocols, which are implemented at every level of refinery operations. Our refinery is a restricted environment controlled by security personnel and supported by state-of-the-art surveillance technology.

 

Setting the bar: Refinery services

The Mint refines gold and silver from a variety of sources including primary producers, industry, recyclers and financial institutions. Our ISO 9001 accredited facility is world-class, featuring a state-of-the-art silver refinery added in 2005, a modern assay laboratory and a highly streamlined operational system.

 

Trading and certifications
Because we manufacture one of the world's best-selling gold coins, we have highly liquid pool accounts. Our trading partners include Canadian and global bullion banks, major bullion traders, mutual and hedge funds and other investment houses. We receive deposits from various sources in North and South America including mines, jewellery manufacturers, scrap dealers and pawn shops, and high-grade industrial scrap dealers.

Royal Canadian Mint bars are accepted on the world's major precious metal exchanges (New York, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Dubai) and have been listed on the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA) gold Good Delivery List since 1919.

 

Outturn products
In addition to Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins, the Mint produces a variety of gold and silver outturn products ranging from 999 silver exchange bars to 99999 pure gold grain.

 

Metal

Purity

Product

Markets and customers

Gold

9999

400 oz

London Good Delivery

100 oz

COMEX Good Delivery

1 kg

Shanghai Gold Exchange or COMEX
Also available in 100% Canadian Gold

Grain

Jewelers and manufacturers

99999

Grain

Jewelers and manufacturers

995

1 kg

International investment markets

Silver

999

1000 oz

London Good Delivery and COMEX Good Delivery

100 oz

Investors

Grain

Jewelers and manufacturers

 

Canadian values, global reach
The Royal Canadian Mint is aware of the allegations of illegal precious metals mining occurring in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other internationally recognized conflict areas, and that profits thereof may be fuelling human rights violations.

The Mint opposes all activities that deny basic human rights and is firmly opposed to all activities which finance or contribute to abuses of human rights. In response to these concerns, the Mint's refinery has introduced the Responsible Precious Metals Program, aimed at identifying and validating the chain of custody of incoming gold-bearing refining deposits.

The Mint is committed to meeting its social responsibilities, and encourages its refining customers to do their part in ensuring that their materials are not sourced from illegitimate mining operations in either the DRC or other internationally recognized conflict areas, by participating in the Mint's Responsible Precious Metals Program.

 

LBMA Good Delivery Gold (since 1919) and Silver (since 2011)
COMEX Good Delivery Gold (since 1974) and Silver (since 2013)
TOCOM Gold (since 1988)
EICC-GeSI Conflict Free Smelter
ISO 9001:2008

 

To learn more about the Royal Canadian Mint's precious metal refining products and services, please contact our sales team at +1-613-998-1400 or refining@mint.ca.