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Technology

Lighting the way with glowing hearts—and coins

Lighting the way with glowing hearts—and coins

Some things never lose their cool factor. Ever since the first consumer glow sticks were waved in the air at a Grateful Dead show in 1971, glow-in-the-dark technology has never lost its... well, shine. The Royal Canadian Mint has been a pioneer in bringing glow-in-the-dark effects to a wide range of coins, most recently with the 2018 $5 pure silver Hearts Aglow tribute to Canada’s multicultural makeup.

PAINTING WITH LIGHT AND METAL

PAINTING WITH LIGHT AND METAL

The power of light and metal… A painter’s mastery lies in the constant study of colour and light, lines and form. Whether their style is classic realism, abstract modernism, or somewhere in between, every painter will tell you their brushes are the channel that brings their vision from the ethers of inspiration to the tangible canvas of this three-dimensional world.

LEST WE FORGET

LEST WE FORGET

On the 100th Anniversary of the 1918 Armistice, two coins pay tribute with unprecedented, powerful designs. A feat of engineering to mark the end of the First World War.

R&D LAB COLLECTION

R&D LAB COLLECTION

Meet the team that makes the impossible possible! The world’s first coloured circulation coins. 3D coins with moving parts. Bi-metal coins that stand up to the demands of circulation. The Royal Canadian Mint has a long history of pushing the boundaries of minting technology. So how do those innovations come to be? Chief Technology Officer Dr. Xianyao Li offers a rare behind-the-scenes perspective on the Mint’s approach to R&D — and talks about the unique new R&D Lab Collection.

Ever Admire a Coin's Design? Now Imagine it's the Size of a CD...

Ever Admire a Coin's Design? Now Imagine it's the Size of a CD...

"...with some serious weight to boot," says Senior Engraver Stan Witten as he gently bounces his open palm to mimic holding one of the Mint’s most prodigious, and rare masterpieces, "and about half an inch thick."