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Canada’s famous “Silver Maple Leaf” bullion coin series began back in 1988, two years after the release of the U.S.’s popular American Silver Eagle bullion coin series. These coins conformed to the industry standard weight of 1 Troy oz. actual silver weight (ASW), but unlike the standard of .999 fine silver, they boasted .9999 fine silver. This took them a step above other bullion coins in the eye of many collectors, and they have remained one of the most popular silver bullion coins through the years.
In 2014, special security features were added to the Silver Maple Leaf. The most noticeable feature was the addition of very fine radial lines spreading out from the coin’s center. These lines are so fine near the center, that it would be extremely difficult – if not impossible – to duplicate. The other feature that was added was a small, laser-engraved maple leaf with the last two digits from the year of issue inside.
These smart additions show the Royal Canadian Mint to be on the cutting edge of counterfeit prevention technology, and solidly promote Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins as purchases you can trust. You can expect these features on the upcoming 2017 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin.
Barring the security features explained above, the design on the reverse of the Canada Silver Maple Leaf has not changed over the years. It depicts a maple leaf in the center, with the inscriptions “CANADA,” “9999,” “FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR,” and “9999.” The radial lines make up the field of the design, spreading out from under the leaf. The laser engraved leaf with the numbers “17” inside will appear to the bottom-right of the leaf.
The obverse design of the 1 oz. Canadian Maple Leaf Coin depicts the current monarch of Great Britain. Different portraits have been used over the years, but for the length of time that this series has ran, only portraits of Queen Elizabeth II have been used. While the portrait that will be used on the issue for the 2017 Silver Maple is not known, the last portrait used by the Royal Canadian Mint was designed by Susanna Blunt and has been used since 2003.
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