2021 Canada R&D Test Token Set: Behind the Scenes
The R&D Lab at the Royal Canadian Mint is proud to present these prototypes of innovations that represent a bold step forward in minting technology. In addition to showcasing advancements in cutting-edge security, this token set offers you an exclusive preview of the Multi-Component Composite Circulation Coin or MC4 (Canadian Patent CA 3060107 – Patent applied for in various countries) a revolutionary concept that is both visually striking and visually secure.
As a market leader in innovation and security, the Royal Canadian Mint continues to push the boundaries of technology while engineering the next generation of coins.
In 2018, the Royal Canadian Mint gave you a frist glimpse of their patented tri-metal technology (Canadian Patent CA 2854146 – Patented in various countries) that further expands design possibilities by unlocking new metal combinations. But why stop at three metal compositions?
This token set offers you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the latest from the Royal Canadian Mint’s R&D facility in Winnipeg. All six tokens were used to develop new innovations, including the revolutionary MC4 that combines four different components: an outer ring, a polymer separator and an inner core featuring two different alloys. Designed for maximum impact, the patented MC4 (Canadian Patent CA 3060107 – Patent applied for in various countries) represents a bold step forward in the evolution of circulation coins; and with the addition of multi-security features, the MC4 is as visually appealing as it is secure.
The first three tokens in this set offer you a first look at the new MC4 (Multi-Component Composite Circulation Coin); each one features interrupted serrations on its edge and multi-security features (visible and hidden microtext, latent images, positive and negative embossing) on its reverse.
Token 1: This MC4 prototype 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: Your second MC4 prototype 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: The third MC4 prototype features a bronze outer ring, a white (opaque) polymer separator, a brass-plated steel reverse and a copper-plated steel obverse.
Token 4: This token also features interrupted serrations and the same multi-security features as the MC4, but in a bronze-plated steel mono-component token.
Token 5: A copper-plated steel mono-component version of Token 4.
Token 6: 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.
Item Number: 201196
Diameter: 25.8 mm
Edge: Interrupted Serrations
Artist: Charles Brackley