CBC Digital Archives CBC butterfly logo

CBC Archives has a new look: Please go to cbc.ca/archives to access the new site.

The page you are looking at will not be updated.

Creating Canadian coins

The Story

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.

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

Did You know?

• 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."


Banking and Money more