Ottawa, Canada

Royal Canadian Mint

mint.ca
Ottawa, Canada

The Royal Canadian Mint produces all of Canada's circulation coins, and manufactures circulation coins on behalf of other nations. The Mint also designs and manufactures: precious and base metal collector coins; gold, silver, palladium, and platinum bullion coins; medals, as well as medallions and tokens. It further offers gold and silver refinery and assay services.The Royal Canadian Mint is a Canadian Crown Corporation, and operates under the legislative basis of the Royal Canadian Mint Act. As a Crown Corporation, it is 100% owned by the Government of Canada, which is its sole shareholder. It also serves the public’s interest while mandated to operate “in anticipation of profit”, meaning that it functions in a commercial manner and does not rely on taxpayer support to fund its operations. Like private sector companies, the Mint has a Board of Directors consisting of a Chair, the President and CEO of the Mint and eight other Directors.Traditionally, the President of the Royal Canadian Mint is known as the Master of the Mint. The current president is Ian E. Bennett, who was appointed to the position in June 2006 and was re-appointed to a further three-year mandate effective June 12, 2011. The Board of Directors, through the Chair, is accountable to the Minister of Finance . The Minister serves as the link between the Mint, Cabinet and Parliament.The Mint was named one of “Canada’s Top 100 Employers” by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for four consecutive years .In March 2012 the Canadian Government decided to cease the production of pennies. The final penny was minted at the RCM's Winnipeg, Manitoba plant on the morning of May 4, 2012.In April 2012, the Mint announced that it was developing MintChip, a digital currency to allow anonymous transactions backed by the Government of Canada and denominated in a variety of currencies. Wikipedia.


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Signoptic Technologies and Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2012-04-20

A method includes: capturing an image of a coin, locating an acquisition area of the image using a landmark of the coin, the acquisition area comprising a feature unique to the coin and generating a digital representation of the acquisition area.


Patent
Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2012-06-12

A method is for plating metal or alloy blanks. The method includes heating the metal or alloy blanks at a recrystallization temperature sufficient to soften the steel for minting; plating the softened metal or alloy blanks with one or more layers of metal or alloy; and heating the plated blanks at a temperature sufficient to reduce plating stresses but below the recrystallization temperature of the outermost plating layer.


Patent
Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2012-10-31

Generally, the present disclosure relates to a composite structure having at least three different components, and a process for manufacturing the same. The structure may be, but need not be, a metal coin. In one embodiment, the structure comprises an outer ring and two inserts stacked on top of each other and disposed within the outer ring. The outer ring and each of the two inserts are made of different materials. The outer ring and each of the inserts are locked together by a plurality of recesses formed in outer circumferential surfaces of the inserts. The structure may further comprise at least one interlayer disposed between the two inserts for adhering the two inserts to one another. The three major components and the interlayer may be made into a single structure by a striking force during coining or striking.


Patent
Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2012-01-27

A security domain control method includes defining a sequential series of security domains; designating one of the security domains as a current domain; generating a plurality of security tokens under the current security domain, each security token being configured to enable a party to exchange cryptographically secured messages with another party that is holding any one of: a token generated under the current security domain; a token generated under at least one next security domain in the series; and a token generated under at least one previous security domain in the series; and subsequently designating a next one of the security domains in the series as a current domain.


The present invention relates to novel metallic composites that are useful as coinage materials. These composites are produced through a multi-ply plating process and are designed to overcome difficulties associated with calibrating vending machines that can result in fraud. In one embodiment, the metallic composite comprises a steel core over which nickel and then a non-magnetic metal such as copper, brass or bronze is deposited as a layered pair. The magnetic and non-magnetic metals may also be applied in the reverse order, with the copper, brass or bronze applied directly over the steel and then covered by the nickel. The electromagnetic signature (EMS) of the composite is controlled by defining the thickness of the deposited metal layers. Advantageously, the invention overcomes problems associated when different coins are made from the same alloy and have similar sizes, and therefore cannot be distinguished by vending machines.


Patent
Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2014-06-09

A keep-alive system and method for cloud-based database systems. A plurality of fields of the database are monitored to track a predetermined pattern of changes with respect to time. A departure from the predetermined pattern of change indicates an unexpected action of the database such as, for example, a roll-back of the state of the database.


Patent
Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2014-06-09

A cloud based system includes a data network, a cloud host and a data center. A context database stores respective contexts of multiple virtual stores. A log database records transfers of content into and out of each virtual store. At least a portion of the context and log databases is encrypted by the data center. A transfer application executes on the cloud host and responds to a transfer request to transfer content from a virtual store by: retrieving the context of the virtual store from the context database; and forwarding the transfer request and context to the data center. The transfer application also responds to a load request to load content to a virtual store by: retrieving the context of the virtual store, and a log of transfers affecting the virtual store from the log database; and forwarding the load request, context and log to the data center.


Patent
Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2013-03-18

A secure asset storage and transfer system. A first display displays a first bar code encoding a request message including an asset value amount to be transferred. A first camera-equipped device is configured for: reading the first bar code, decoding the first bar code to recover the request message; generating a value transfer message for transferring asset value amount to be transferred from a storage medium associated with the camera-equipped device; encoding the value transfer message to generate a corresponding second bar code; and displaying the second bar code on a second display. A second camera-equipped device is configured for reading the second bar code, and decoding the second bar code to recover the value transfer message.


Patent
Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2013-03-18

A secure asset storage media. A secure module includes a memory storing at least a DuplicateCounter and a HashLog, the HashLog comprising a respective hash of each value transfer message sent or received by the secure asset storage media, the DuplicateCounter storing a count of duplicate hash values in the HashLog. A non-volatile memory is disposed external to the secure module. The non-volatile memory stores a transaction log comprising a copy of each value transfer message sent or received by the secure asset storage media and its respective hash value. A controller is configured to control communication between the secure module and the non-volatile memory to record information of a received value transfer message in the secure module and the transaction log.


Patent
Arjowiggins Solutions and Royal Canadian Mint | Date: 2013-04-30

A method of producing an authenticatable article. An overt feature is produced in the article using a fabricating technique which is selected based on a material of the article so as to produce the overt feature having predetermined, reproducible macroscopic characteristics as well as random, non-reproducible microscopic characteristics rendering the article physically unique. The overt feature including the microscopic characteristics are imageable using a predetermined imaging technology to produce an overt feature image. An authentication signature is generated based on the overt feature image and stored in a central database. The overt feature may alternatively be produced in an apparatus or means used to manufacture authenticatable articles such that the overt feature including the random, microscopic characteristics is reproduced in the articles. The overt feature and generated authentication code therefore corresponds to articles manufactured using that apparatus or means.

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