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The Royal Canadian Mint’s Gold Maple Leaf series is one of the world's most iconic Gold Bullion Coins. The Canadian Gold Maple is a legal tender coin that has a face value of CAD 50 and famously became one of the first gold bullion coins to be struck in the high purity of .9999 fine gold in 1982. Since they were first issued in 1979, these fine gold 1 oz. coins have quickly become a staple among both coin collectors and bullion stackers alike.
Keep reading to learn more about this iconic Canadian coin series and to browse our Gold Maple Leaf Coin inventory below.
The obverse of the Gold Maple Leaf shows a portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. As a member of the British Commonwealth, the Queen is the official Head of State of Canada. The obverse also displays her name, the date, and the coin's monetary value.
The reverse of the Gold Maple Leaf features the country (Canada) the gold purity in English and French, and of course, the coin's namesake, a Canadian Maple Leaf. The maple leaf design was created by Walter Ott and has been used in the series since its inception in 1979.
Between 1979 and 1982, the Mint produced only one Troy ounce Gold Maple Leaf coins with a .999 pure gold content. Between 1982 and 1985, one-tenth, one-quarter, and one-half ounce Gold Maple Leafs were minted, and the gold purity was increased to .9999 fine gold.
The effigy that appears on the obverse of the fine gold coins has changed over the years. Until 1989, the obverse featured a portrait of the 39-year old Queen. Then from 1990 to 2004, the coins featured a picture of the 69-year old Queen. From 2005 to 2015, the Gold Maple Leaf featured a portrait of the 79-year old Queen on the obverse.
Numerous special edition Gold Maple Leaf Coins have been produced over the years, which include issues struck in .99999 pure gold. The 40th anniversary of the Gold Maple Leaf series was in 2019, and it was marked by a special 40th-anniversary Gold Maple Leaf issue released that same year.
In 2013, the Mint introduced a new and unique security feature to confirm the authenticity of its Gold Maple Leaf coins. Adapted from the same award-winning security technology applied to Canada's $1 and $2 circulating coins, the Gold Maple Leaf boasts numerous security features. These safeguards include a textured maple leaf that has been micro-engraved with laser technology on a small area of the reverse side (Maple Leaf side) of the coin. In the center of this mark, only visible under magnification is a numeral that indicates the coin's year of issue.
In 2015 Gold Maple Leaf production began to include intricate radial lines in the field of the coin, which were precisely machined to ensure reproducibility from die to die and coin to coin. The uniqueness of the line width and pitch gives this coin a characteristic look and creates a light diffracting pattern that is specific to these fine 1 oz. gold coins.
The Gold Maple Leaf series provides options for every type of collector. Whether your interests lie in iconic coin designs or .9999 fine gold bullion, you'll want to see what this distinctly Canadian coins series can do you and your collection. Here at ModernCoinMart we are dedicated to providing friendly and helpful customer service when assisting all your precious metal needs.