I am surprised you did not get the invite for the event since you are Platinum Prestige, the highest MC level. I met someone there who was only Silver MC.
The event was not an advertised event on mint_ca as it was an invitational event. The Mint sent out an email in Mid-January asking people to register for the event if they wished to go. They were allowed to bring a friend. The day before the event they sent a reminder and that is the one I posted.
So to recap, the Mint Event was held at the Sutton Hotel, one of the higher class hotels in Vancouver. The event was in a large room on the lobby floor. At the reception table, they gave a tag with your name already printed on it.
Then they gave you a gift bag. That made going to the event worthwhile. There was 3 gifts in it: The Numis-Tastic coin set that sells for $29.95, a glass/metal RCM
logo 2 GB flash drive, and a RCM
You had a choice of pop, juice, or water and waiters came around serving hors d'oeuvres.
Inside the room, there were a number of small tables showing the upcoming coins and technologies used designing the coins. For example, they show the various stages of the 2018 helmet coin before the final product.
They had some of the coins available for handling like the Kilo D-Day and 1/2 Kilo Dragon so you get a sense of how heavy they are.
An interesting new concept was a floating coin display that had a gold animal multifaceted coin on it revolving. These are the ones that seem to levitate in air using magnets.
The other main component of the event was the sale of coins. You could buy coins from last year for 15% discount. They had coins from January, February, and March on sale. The area was extremely crowded but thinned later on.
They had a 10 KG Gold coin on display. It was for sale but I don't think anyone bought it. The had two heavily armed police officers to guard it. Seems overkill with the assault rifle in hand.
The other thing of note was some reps from the Mint came all the way from Ottawa. My rep was there. He said he arrived from Ottawa on Tuesday and will leave Friday.
The Mint must have spent tons of money flying their reps and coins from Ottawa for this event. Not to mention hiring the cops and booking an expensive hotel.
I estimate there to be about 150 to 200 people attending. There was a draw for prizes and many left after that.