As one of the prominent national mints in the world, the Royal Canadian Mint has a highly dedicated research and development department. Within, they test out new ideas for innovation, security, and anti-forgery techniques, amongst other things. This cool set, aims to give the collector a behind the scenes look at some of the concepts under examination:
Token 1 combines a nickel-plated steel outer ring with a clear (transparent) polymer separator, a nickel-plated steel reverse and a copper-plated steel obverse. Token 2 features a nickel-plated steel outer ring, a black (opaque) polymer separator, a copper-plated steel reverse and a brass-plated steel obverse. Token 3 features a a bronze-plated steel outer ring, a white (opaque) polymer separator, a brass-plated steel reverse and a copper-plated steel obverse. Token 4 also features interrupted serrations and multi-security features in a bronze-plated steel mono-component token. Token 5 is a copper-plated steel mono-component version of Token 4. Token 6 is Made of nickel-plated steel, the last mono-component token in your set marks the starting point—it was the base model used to test and calibrate the presses.
Mintage of this fascinating behind-the-scenes minting set is just 10,000.