Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa Ontario Tours Daily

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In this post I’ll tell you about my tour of the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa. Tours are offered daily starting at 10 am with the last tour at 4 pm. Allow 45 minutes for the tour.

On my recent solo trip to Ottawa I visited the Parliament buildings and wandered around the ByWard Market then headed over to the Royal Canadian Mint. This is where collectible coins and investment grade coins are created.

 

Royal Canadian Mint - investment grade and collector coins in gold, silver, platinum

Royal Canadian Mint in Canada’s capital Ottawa Ontario

 

As I arrived at Ottawa’s Royal Canadian Mint a tour was just about to start. I  paid the $7 (now $8) admittance fee and joined the tour waiting to begin in the boutique where I noticed a big gold bar.

You can purchase all sorts of commemorative coins and beautiful birthstone jewelry made with pure silver and Swarovski Crystal. Ranging in price as well as design, some coins feature super heroes while others designed specifically as wedding gifts.

 

Pick up a 24K gold bar at Royal Canadian Mint boutique

24K gold bar weighing 28 lbs (12.7 kg) at Royal Canadian Mint boutique

 

There was a small crowd of people around the gold bar and a guard, of course.

 

Hold in your hands a 24K gold bar at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa Ontario Canada

Lift a 24K gold bar at the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa

 

We started on the tour and enjoyed a bird’s eye-view of the production facilities at the Royal Canadian Mint. It was fascinating watching the machinery in action with rolls of silver and hundreds of silver and gold blanks being weighed, sorted and inspected.

 

Million dollar coin

We also learned about how the Royal Canadian Mint made the world’s purest and largest gold bullion coin.

Here are some quick facts about the world’s biggest coin.

  1. Value: $1,000.000
  2. Weight in Troy ounces: 3,215
  3. Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
  4. Composition: 99999 fine gold (that is 99.999% pure gold)
  5. Guinness World Records for World’s Largest Coin in 2007

You can purchase one of the million dollar coins for your own collection. According to the Royal Canadian Mint website only 5 people have purchased one of the coins as of April 2019.

Originally meant as a showpiece to promote the new line of 99999 pure 1 oz Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins. But when investors asked to purchase the coin the mint decided to create a very limited number for sale.

If that’s out of your price range there is also the much more affordable 10 kilo coin (22 lbs) for $100.000. The Spirit of Haida Gwaii is the world’s first 99.999% pure gold coin in it’s weight class. Limited edition of 15 coins.

I don’t have any photos as there is a no photo policy on the tours. You’ll have to go visit the mint to see for yourself.

 

24K gold bar weighing 28 pounds at Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa

Susan grabs the 24K gold!

 

I had my chance to grab the glittering gold bar, alas there is a chain holding it firmly in place so I couldn’t make a getaway with the gold! Just so you know, yes it’s heavy!  A 24K gold bar weighs 28 lbs (12.7 kg) so that’s a decent paper weight or door stop.

The Royal Mint is housed in a beautiful stone building.

 

Ottawa Ontario Royal Canadian Mint offers collector and investment grade coins

Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa opened in 1908

 

I enjoyed my visit to the Royal Canadian Mint, it was fun and informative.

Do you enjoy taking tours while traveling or around your home town? What type of tours do you like to experience?

 


Visiting the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa

Address

320 Sussex Drive, Ottawa

Phone Number

+1-(613)-993-8990

Hours

Boutique open daily 9 am – 6 pm

Admission Cost

  • Adults $8
  • Children (5 – 17) $4.50
  • Seniors (65+) $7
  • Kids under age 4 FREE
  • Family (2 adults/2 children) $20

Tours of the Royal Canadian Mint

  • 45-minute guided tours with first tour at 10 am and last tour 4 pm
  • Tours offered in both English and French
  • Recommended to reserve in advance by calling +1-(613)-993-8990 or +1-800-276-7714 (toll-free) TTY line for the hearing impaired: 613-949-7731

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Susan Moore spent 7 months traveling solo around Southeast Asia back in the 90's. Returning to Canada she found a job working on rotation in Siberia Russia. She later moved to Austin Texas where she started a bookkeeping business, allowing her to work remotely. Currently Susan is in year 5 of a solo road trip around the USA and Canada, living a nomadic life, and writing about her experiences with a focus on hiking and cultural encounters. Read all about Susan » You can reach Susan Moore at Facebook or Twitter or Instagram

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  1. Reader Wil says:

    Interesting, Susan! I have never seen such a big bar of gold or even a small one.
    When I am on a holiday ,I like to see all kind of interesting things about the historie of the surroundings. Thanks for your information.
    Wil

  2. Leticia says:

    How cool! Never seen a gold bar. But a chain holding it? I guess I’m not the only one thinking of borrowing it for a little bit :)

  3. That would be a fascinating tour. Thanks for sharing. I love, love, love the architecture of the building.

  4. What, no samples? How chintzy.

    ROG

  5. Cris says:

    It souns like it was an interesting tour!

  6. Charuhas says:

    Wow, I’ve never lifted a gold bar. Stunning building.
    I love such informative tours.

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