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Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins
The maple leaf has a special meaning for Canada. The Maple Leaf can also be seen on the flag of Canada. No wonder that the maple leaf is also a motif on the country’s investment coins. Of course, this is also the case with the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins, which were minted by the Royal Canadian Mint.
RCM Silver Maple Issues
The first issue of the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin was in 1988. It was issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. These silver coins weigh 1 ounce and is 99.99% pure silver. The design of the silver coins represents a maple tree leaf, typical for the territory of Canada. The design of the silver coins have not been changed, except for the year of 1998 on the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the issuance of the coin.
In 1999, the silver coin was issued with a commemorative sign in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Maple leaf program of the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Canadian Maple Leaf coin is issued in silver, gold, platinum and palladium and is legal tender in Canada.
Maple Leaf Design
On the obverse is a portrait of Elizabeth II. The outer ring of the silver bullion coin bears the inscription “Elizabeth II”, the face value of “5 Dollars” and the year of issue 2014.
The reverse features is a maple leaf, in the base of which a small maple leaf is laser-painted. In the outer ring of the coin, there is an inscription “Canada”, “Fine Silver 1 oz argent pur”.
- WEIGHT – 1 oz, 31.1 g
- SIZE – 38 mm
- THICKNESS – 3.15 mm
- PURITY – Sample 999.9
How To Handle
The coin is more delicate than others in its class due to the glossy image of Queen Elizabeth II on its back. It is not recommended to touch it with your hands. If necessary, it is good to hold on to the edge of the coin. Accidental contact or dropping is not fatal, as long as the easily damaged glossy finish is not scratched. The use of cotton gloves in contact is highly recommended.
The Royal Canadian Mint
Royal Canadian Mint is one of the world leaders in the application of new technologies in the production of gold and silver coins for investment. It was founded in 1908. In 1998, it presented a special issue of a coin with a gold content of 1.02233 troy ounces and a gold purity of 99.999%. In 2007, it created the Maple Leaf coin, weighing 100 kilograms, with a purity of .99999 and a face value of 1,000,000 Canadian dollars.
In 2014, the Royal Canadian Mint set a new standard in bullion coin security. It created the innovation “Bullion DNA Anti-Counterfeiting Technology” (DNA technology against counterfeiting). It involves a process in which a unique microscopic security mark is placed on each product. In the center of the marking is the number “14” (from 2014) and is visible only at very high magnification. All gold coins minted after 2014 have this security measure.