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2021 Canada R&D Security Test Token Set: Behind the Scenes

2021 Canada R&D Security Test Token Set: Behind the Scenes
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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
Mintage: 10,000
Diameter: 25.8 mm
Finish: Circulation
Edge: Interrupted Serrations
Artist: Charles Brackley


Token 1 Token 2 Token 3 Token 4 Token 5 Token 6
Outer Ring Nickel Plated Steel Bronze Plated Steel Bronze Plated Steel Copper Plated Steel Nickel Plated Steel
Separator Transparent Clear Polymer Black Polymer with
Stainless Steel Filler
White Opaque Polymer
Obverse Insert Copper Plated Steel Brass Plated Steel Copper Plated Steel
Reverse Insert Nickel Plated Steel Copper Plated Steel Brass Plated Steel
Weight 7.9 g 9.4g
Obverse Features Maple Leaf
Reverse Features Multi-security maple leaves; microtext, latent images, hidden microtext, raised and incused embossing Maple Leaf
Special Features:
• Be one of the few to get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of what the RCM's been working on! This six-piece token set is sneak peek at our latest R&D advances, such as the MC4 that combines four different components—a bold step forward!
• A glimpse of future possibilities! This extraordinary collectible gives you privileged access to forward-thinking technology that’s been tested and trialed by the Royal Canadian Mint's R&D team.
• Not just metal! With the MC4, this is just the beginning—the use of a black, white, and even a clear polymer ring on these tokens opens up the possibility of integrating more colour and more materials than ever before.
• All six tokens come directly from our facility in Winnipeg, where they were used in calibration and laboratory testing. Each one represents either a step in the process or a new combination of features made possible by patented technology.
• On five of the tokens, the Royal Canadian Mint took the design from the base model (Token 6) and enhanced it with market-leading special features (microtext, latent images, embossing) that take security to the next level without detracting from the art.
• All six tokens have been sealed in Mylar to ensure an unobstructed view of both sides. Enclosed in an envelope, your tokens are accompanied by a tent card with specifications and a special note from the Chief Technology Officer at the Royal Canadian Mint.

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