Struck annually by The Royal Canadian Mint since 1979, Maple Leaf coins are one of the longest-running gold and silver series in the world - Canada's answer to U.S. Eagles, China Pandas and Australian Koalas, Kookaburras and Kangaroos.
With annual mintages 11 times smaller than the American Silver Eagle, the 1 troy Oz. 99.99% pure silver $5 Maple Leaf ranks as one of the most limited of world coins. In fact, no other Canadian coin has matched the international acclaim of this impeccably crafted legal tender.
As one of the world's finest, pure silver coins and the official silver bullion coin of Canada, the obverse design of every Silver Maple Leaf has always included the portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the official Head of State of Canada as a member of the British Commonwealth. On the reverse is an intricate depiction of the coin's famous namesake – the symbol of Canada and its citizens for nearly three hundred years, from its presence on the distinctive red and white flag, to many of its circulating coins. In fact, from 1876 to 1901, the maple leaf was front and center on ALL Canadian coins, including every Canadian penny until the minted ended in 2012.
First issued in 1988 by the government of Canada, the $5 Silver Maple Leaf has been produced for more than three decades by The Royal Canadian Mint, one of the most technologically sophisticated mints in the world. Each year, the Mint makes minor changes to this iconic coin, from proof releases and commemorative versions, to privy marks and holographic enhancements.