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Biggest Nickel

The Big Nickel site was originally developed and operated by local businessman Ted Szilva, whose idea it was to develop a “numismatic park” featuring large coin replicas and carnival theme attractions for children. Science North purchased the site in January 1981 for development as a mining exhibit showcase. Underground drifts were extended and surface attractions, with the exception of the Big Nickel coin, were removed. The nickel has twelve sides and overlooks slag heaps.