World’s First Coloured Circulation Coin
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In 2004, the Royal Canadian Mint became a trailblazer in the minting industry when it introduced the world’s first coloured circulation coin. The 25-cent coin was produced at the Mint’s Winnipeg plant using a high-speed, computer controlled and precision inkjet process. The coin featured a brilliant red poppy, the symbol of remembrance that pays homage to the brave Canadian men and women who gave their lives in service to this nation, as well as the many veterans who helped to secure our freedom. Thirty million coins went into circulation in October 2004.