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Mint Talk

We believe that collecting coins can fill a lifetime with interest and inspiration. What begins as a pastime can easily become an absorbing pursuit - indeed, a passion.

Shopping around: Finding a coin on the secondary market

Shopping around: Finding a coin on the secondary market

Looking for an older coin to fill a gap in your collection? The secondary market is where collectors go to buy and sell a wide variety of coins.

Living big: Life with diabetes

Living big: Life with diabetes

Thanks to the discovery of insulin 100 years ago by researchers Frederick Banting, Charles Best, John MacLeod and James Collip, millions of lives have been saved, and people living with diabetes can be whatever they wish to be.

Circulating keepsakes: The design process of a commemorative circulation coin

Circulating keepsakes: The design process of a commemorative circulation coin

For more than 75 years, we’ve issued special circulation coins to help Canadians celebrate, remember, honour or reflect upon the events and/or people who have shaped our nation’s history and heritage.

100 years after the discovery of insulin: The road to a cure

100 years after the discovery of insulin: The road to a cure

One hundred years ago, four researchers made a discovery that changed the conversation about diabetes forever. Thankfully, because of this discovery, diabetes is no longer about a diagnosis; it is now about quality of life. This discovery not only changed Canadian medicine, but the treatment of diabetes for millions of people throughout the world – making it one of Canada’s greatest gifts.

A serendipitous quartet: The discoverers of insulin

A serendipitous quartet: The discoverers of insulin

An old adage states the key to success is being in the right place at the right time. Well the story of the discovery of insulin is a prime example of the rare, yet undeniable truth behind that phrase. Four great minds came together in the right place, the University of Toronto, at the right time, 1921, and achieved the most revolutionary medical breakthrough of the 20th century.

Soaring with the Snowbirds: From Air Cadets to Canada’s iconic aerobatics team

Soaring with the Snowbirds: From Air Cadets to Canada’s iconic aerobatics team

If you’ve been lucky enough to experience their awe-inspiring aerobatics, you know the Snowbirds are world-renowned for the precision and grace of their thrilling shows. But do you know how members of the Canadian Forces become Snowbirds pilots? We connected with Snowbird 1 Team Lead, Major Jean-François Dupont, to learn how he joined Canada’s iconic aerial squadron.

What’s the score? Your guide to coin grading

What’s the score? Your guide to coin grading

When determining a coin’s value, one of the biggest factors is its grade: a “score” that indicates the coin’s state of preservation and, to a lesser extent, the quality of the engraving or strike.

More than face value

More than face value

What raises a coin’s value on the secondary market? That’s one of the most frequently asked questions. The short answer is, if someone somewhere wants a coin, then that coin has a re-sale value. While most collectors would love to see their newest purchase instantly double in value, gauging a coin’s future worth isn’t an exact science. However, there are a few factors that can help predict whether some coins in your collection could see a significant increase in value with time.

The mystique and marvel: Why does the Avro Arrow continue to fascinate Canadians?

The mystique and marvel: Why does the Avro Arrow continue to fascinate Canadians?

Fifty years after the first powered flight in Canadian history, the “little nation that could” had developed a supersonic aircraft known as the fastest and highest-flying interceptor of its time. To this day, the Avro Canada CF-105 Arrow (the Arrow) remains, an inspiring symbol of our nation’s ingenuity and engineering excellence.

I’ve inherited a coin collection… now what?

I’ve inherited a coin collection… now what?

An inherited coin collection is an unexpected gift that often reveals something about its owner and their interests. It may also seem like you’re stepping into a whole new world, and if you’re not already familiar with numismatics (the study or collection of coins), managing your collection may seem like a daunting task.

A royal milestone, a life in portraits

A royal milestone, a life in portraits

On April 21, 2021, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II becomes the first British monarch to reach the age of 95. It’s another historic milestone in a life full of exceptional moments and great achievements, and we’re celebrating the occasion by issuing our newest Tiara coins, as well as the new Royal Celebration Set.

Launching a legacy: Bluenose at 100

Launching a legacy: Bluenose at 100

Imagine the excitement of seeing a newly built Bluenose take to the waters for the very first time! It happened 100 years ago, on March 26, 1921, at Lunenburg, N.S., where a large crowd of onlookers erupted into cheers when Bluenose was officially launched.

The Shape (and Size) of Things

The Shape (and Size) of Things

For as long as coins have existed, they’ve come in different shapes and sizes. In fact, coins have a history of being anything but traditional, and that’s something we’ve embraced year after year.

It’s all in the numbers | Why you should be excited about mintage

It’s all in the numbers | Why you should be excited about mintage

If you are looking into becoming a coin collector, mintage is something you need to understand. Mintage goes hand in hand with the rarity of a coin. Learn more about how a coin’s rarity affects your favourite collectible coins.

A legacy of courage: The story of Black Loyalists in Canada

A legacy of courage: The story of Black Loyalists in Canada

Black history is Canadian history. And one of the most important moments in our history dates back over 200 years ago on the shores of Port Roseway, Nova Scotia.

Rediscover Canada’s national tree

Rediscover Canada’s national tree

Canadians love the maple leaf: it’s on our nation’s flag, coat of arms, banknotes and many of our coins. It is universally understood to be a symbol of Canada and everything Canadian, but surprisingly, the tree that produces that leaf only became an official Canadian emblem in 1996.

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