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Creating Canadian coins

This fun, fast-paced magazine radio program for kids debuted in 1979, the UN's International Year of the Child. Aimed at those aged seven to 14, the program tackled weighty issues such as teen pregnancy, drugs and nuclear power, interspersed with trivia, music, radio plays and more. Kids were heavily involved in the show, conducting interviews, giving news reports and book reviews. Anybody Home? ran until June 1983.

Thirteen-year-old Jennifer Trudell brings you an audio tour Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa. She talks to production manager Bill Ferroni and master engraver Walter Auntz about the precision and craftsmanship that's made the mint one of the world's most-respected coin producers.
• Governor General Earl Grey struck Canada's first domestically produced coin, a 50-cent piece, at the Royal Canadian Mint's opening ceremony on Jan. 2, 1908 (The tea is named for another Early Grey though).

• The Royal Canadian Mint has produced coins for over 70 countries, including Cuba, Iceland, Thailand and Yemen. In 1997, Hong Kong commissioned the mint to produce a $1,000 coin to commemorate the British handover of the territory to China.

• Despite its many clients, the Mint may also have too much time on its hands. In 2007, it produced a 100-kilogram gold coin with a face value of $1 million and made of 99.99 per cent pure gold. Why did the Mint produce this massive coin? According to a statement on its website, "because we can."

Medium: Radio
Program: Anybody Home?
Broadcast Date: Dec. 1, 1979
Guest(s): Walter Auntz, Bill Ferroni
Host: David Schatzky
Reporter: Jennifer Trudell
Duration: 6:14
Photo: ©iStockphoto.com/Jason Verschoor

Last updated: June 13, 2013

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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