Celebrate Culture Days at the Mint with Free Tours, a Design Your Own Coin Contest, and More!

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Through innovative coin themes, the Royal Canadian Mint has been celebrating Canada's history, culture and values since 1908.  As a fun and educational destination during Culture Days 2012, we invite you to visit the Mint for a free tour of our Winnipeg and Ottawa production facilities on September 28th, 29th and 30th! 

In Ottawa, you'll learn how the best collectible and bullion coins in the world are made, and ask questions along the way.  You'll also get a closer look at the Vancouver 2010 athlete medals, which were produced by the Mint, meet one of our engravers, and get your picture taken with a real gold bar!  In Winnipeg you'll learn how the Mint produces all of the coins that we see in our change, and for many countries around the world - over one billion coins are produced there each year!

If you can't make it to one of our production facilities for a tour, you can still celebrate Culture Days with the Royal Canadian Mint by taking part in our drawing contest to “Design Your Own Coin.” Just download the coin template online, read the contest rules, come-up with a creative way to showcase this year's theme: Community and Culture, and submit your entry by mail or email by the October 12 deadline.  One of the Mint's product managers and an engraver will choose the winning designs in each age category.  You could win a visit from one of the Mint's engravers to your classroom!

Culture Days is a collaborative coast-to-coast volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. 

We're looking forward to seeing you!

Free Tours & Meet the Engraver

Ottawa location
320 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G8

Friday, September 28, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
Sunday, September 30, 2012

10am – 4pm

Winnipeg location
520 Lagimodière Blvd, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2J 3E7

Friday, September 28, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012

10am – 4pm

“Design Your Own Coin Contest”



  • Download and print the PDF coin design entry form.
  • Fill out your information - all fields are mandatory.
  • Complete your drawing (theme: community and/or culture).


  • Scan and email your coin design entry form to by the contest closing date, October 12, 2012, at 11:59.59 PM ET.


  • Mail your coin design entry form to the address below. It must be mailed no later than the contest closing date, October 12, 2012, at 11:59.59 PM ET.

Laura Dougan
Royal Canadian Mint
320 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0G8

The Contest begins on September 28, 2012 at 9:00.00 AM eastern time (“ET”), and will conclude on October 12, 2012, at 11:59.59 PM ET.

The Contest is open to all residents of Canada between five (5) years old and seventeen (17) years old by the Contest opening date, as further described hereinafter.

The Contest will be divided in three (3) categories (group age):
Category 1: 5-7 years old
Category 2: 8-12 years old
Category 3: 13-17 years old



  • Maple Leaf Forever - Fine Silver $10 Coin (2012)
  • Coin prop of your design
  • Coin Collector Toolkit
  • Design featured on
  • Optional: One of the Mint’s own engraver will come to your school for a presentation


  • Evening Grosbeak - 25-Cent Coloured Coin (2012)


  • Canada Set (2012)

Winners will be announced on October 31, 2012