Ottawa, Ontario, Canada-based the Royal Canadian Mint is a for-profit Canadian Crown Corporation designated to produce "circulation and non-circulation coins (for Canada and other countries), manage the domestic coinage system, and provide advice to the Minister of Finance on all matters related to coinage." Royal Canadian Mint also markets branded investment, collectible and secure payment products and services and also offers guided tours of its Ottawa facility. General product categories include the following:
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The Royal Canadian Mint is a spinoff of Great Britain's Royal Mint, the latter of which provided Canada with official coinage during its early years. On January 2, 1908, Governor General Lord Grey and his wife Lady Grey officially activated the presses at the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint, which struck the Dominion's first domestically produced coin in the form of a fifty-cent piece. In 1931, the Ottawa branch of the Royal Mint was granted its independence from Britain's Royal Mint, officially becoming the Royal Canadian Mint and a wholly-owned Canadian entity.
The Royal Canadian Mint has its main offices at 320 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0G8 Canada. Customer Service phones: 1-800-267-1871 (Canada), 1-800-268-6468 (United States), (613) 954-2626 (International). The Royal Canadian Mint also maintains facilities in Winnipeg and Vancouver.
The Royal Canadian Mint has generated an array of comments on the world wide web regarding its products, services and guided tours. Representative examples include the following:
"Colville's art work in 1967 kicked off Canada's journey into incredibly creative coin designs! I wish my U.S. Mint had the creativity & beauty the R. C. M. incorporates into their coins! (But then again, that explains why so many Americans keep collecting Canada's super cool coins too!) Keep up the good work R. C. M.!" - Erik Elness, Facebook
"Too many unaffordable coins. Why not start offering a 50 cents for 50 cents series?" - Alvenh Channe, Facebook
"Good coin to show off to family and friends. Love the Elephant and the way the hologram complements the saddle.
The postage hurt :(." - Kamal, Toronto, Canada, on the Maple of Peace fine sliver hologram coin, Royal Canadian Mint
"My husband was excited about visiting the Mint, so I booked a tour over the phone prior to our visit to Ottawa. The tour lasted about 45 minutes and was very interesting. We really enjoyed seeing the various steps in the process of manufacturing the collectors coins." - RustyRedHead, Kamloops, Canada, Tripadvisor
"The Canadian Mint gives a pretty good tour on how coins are made in Canada. It was inexpensive and I learned a ton about the Mint in about an hour. I would highly recommend it for people who are in Ottawa but do not want to spend a fortune on museum-type places. I even bought a commemorative booklet with coins in it as a souvenir. I don't remember seeing any cool exhibits though. For the price I paid, it was worth it." - Kwoky L., San Francisco, CA, Yelp
The Royal Canadian Mint has been in operation as a wholly-owned Canadian institution since 1931. At present, the Royal Canadian Mint is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB). However, the BBB has given the Royal Canadian Mint boutique based in Ottawa a rating of C based on a scale of A+ to F. In the last three years, a total of 10 complaints have been registered with the BBB against the Royal Canadian Mint's Ottawa boutique, all of which are now closed.
The Royal Canadian Mint – the Canadian version of the United States Mint – enjoys a stellar reputation in the world of coinage. Not only does the Royal Canadian Mint produce coins and medals for Canada, but for some 60 other countries as well. The Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa is often viewed as a must-see destination for visitors and tourists.
Alexa - The Web Information Company currently gives the Royal Canadian Mint a global Alexa rating of 68,479, a Canada Alexa rating of 2,009, a United States Alexa rating of 54,810 and a United Kingdom Alex rating of 177,513. Most of the website's traffic comes from Canada (61.2%), followed by the United States (24%) and the United Kingdom (1.4%).
The Royal Canadian Mint enjoys a Google PageRank of 6 out of a possible 10 points.
The Royal Canadian Mint maintains a social media presence at the following venues:
- Facebook. At present, the Royal Canadian Mint has registered 34,603 "Likes."
- Twitter. At present, the Royal Canadian Mint has 8,627 followers and has posted 4,145 "Tweets."
- Google+. At present, the Royal Canadian Mint has garnered 365 positive recommendations.
The Royal Canadian Mint also offers a free eCatalogue and cyber newsletter.
The Royal Canadian Mint (www.mint.ca) uses a secure https:// connection on all online transactions. In addition, the Royal Canadian Mint employs McAfee Secure, which is tested daily.
Google Analytics has deemed the Royal Canadian Mint Safe Browsing. Reports Google: "Of the 18 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 0 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent."
The Royal Canadian Mint offers a myriad of collector coins, medals and related items. Sample pricing includes the following in Canadian Dollars (CAD):
- Devil's Brigade 1/4 Oz. Pure Gold Coin $649.95
- Polar Bear Pure Gold Coin $2,799.95
- $20 Fine Silver Coin w/Maple Leaf Impression $114.95
- The Bald Eagle 1 Oz. Fine Platinum Coin $2,999.95
- Tecumseh Fine Silver Coin $49.95
- Three Wise Men Fine Silver Coin $114.95
- Wood Duck Coloured Coin $29.95
- Birthday Coin Gift Set $19.95
- Canada 2013 Uncirculated Coin Set $24.95
- Fine Gold 1/25 Oz. Penny Pendant $229.95
- 100th Grey Cup Proof Fine Silver Dollar $69.95
- Maple of Peace Fine Silver Hologram Coin $98.88
The Royal Canadian Mint offers collector coins and other products ranging from $2.50 to thousands of dollars. The Royal Canadian Mint is of course the official source for Canadian collector coins.
The Royal Canadian Mint ships to the following countries: Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Australia, France, Poland, Japan, Netherlands, South Korea and Italy. Not all products may be eligible for international shipping.
For orders to the United States and other international destinations, the Royal Canadian Mint uses Federal Express (FedEx) as its carrier. Shipping options include the following:
- FedEx Express Saver ($12.99 CAD & Up)
- FedEx International Priority ($35 CAD & Up)
The Royal Canadian Mint uses Canada Post and Federal Express (FedEx) for Canadian orders. General delivery times for Canada Post standard shipping are as follows:
- Greater Ottawa and Toronto area - 2-3 days
- Southwestern Ontario - 3-5 days
- Other major Canadian cities - 4-9 days
- Remote areas of Canada - Up to 3 weeks
The Royal Canadian Mint accepts the following methods of payment:
- American Express
- Certified Check
- Money Order
All credit cards must accept transactions in Canadian funds and the Royal Canadian Mint must be able to verify a customer's credit card details with the issuing bank. Also, it is the customer's responsibility to pay any international duties, customs and taxes.
The Royal Canadian Mint offers the following official return policy: "If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, simply return it to us within 30 days. For defective products, returns are accepted for up to one year from your date of purchase. Depending on your indicated preference and/or product availability, we will gladly replace your purchase or provide you with a full refund."
All returned products must be complete and include the original packaging. Return Merchandise Authorization (RMA) numbers are required on all returns. The return product address is: Royal Canadian Mint, PO Box 457, Stn A, Ottawa, ON K1N 8V5 Canada.
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