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The Royal Canadian Mint, a global leader in the precious metal industry known for its commitment to excellence and technological innovation, has launched the latest edition of its official bullion coin – the Maple Leaf – whose name is derived from its iconic design.These beautiful bullion pieces are valued by stackers and collectors all over the world, especially for their high metal purity and their unparalleled security features from a mint that has been in existence for over a century.
Issued annually in a 1 oz. silver format with a reeded edge since 1988, the silver Maple Leaf has a $5 CAD face value and is the world’s second best-selling silver bullion coin after the American Silver Eagle. Since 1988 over 200 million silver Maple Leaf coins have been sold.
Struck in .9999 fine silver, they were the first silver bullion coins to be produced using that ultimate standard of purity, which over time has become the global standard for silver bullion coins from other mints too.There are a wide range of special versions of the silver Maple Leaf issued for collectors, including special anniversary coins such as the popular 30th anniversary coin issued last year as well as a version with a double incuse, or sunken, design also issued in 2018.
The RCM’s silver Maple Leaf has the most advanced security and anti-counterfeiting technology used on any silver bullion coins. In 2014 the mint introduced radial lines in the background and a laser-engraved finish as well as a small maple leaf encompassing an even smalle maple leaf privy that indicates the year in two digits. The radial lines give the coins a very distinct appearance and create a light-refracting pattern.
The mint later introduced “Bullion DNA,” a digital non-destructive activation (DNA) technology— which captures images encrypted with a string of codes, and stores them in a secure database. Using the specialized device, approved Bullion DNA dealers can easily verify the authenticity of registered gold and silver Maple Leaf bullion coins in several easy steps.
The 2019 silver Maple Leaf coin will also be the second version since the 2018 issues to feature a special, proprietary technology developed by the mint called “MINTSHIELD,” which reduces the occurrence of so-called “white spots” on silver Maple Leaf coins.
The reverse of these coins has since the beginning featured a simple and elegant design of a single maple leaf, a symbol that is globally-known as representing Canada, and which was designed by artist Walter Ott. There are inscriptions above the maple leaf for the issuing country and below it for the metal and purity in English on the left, and in French on the right, plus the “.9999” purity designation on each side of the maple.
This signature design continues to strike a chord with investors and coin collectors and has become a symbol of the mint’s unparalleled artistry, craftsmanship, and value.
The obverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II – the current version being the one by artist Susana Blunt that has been used since 2004, with other versions of the royal effigy appearing on earlier coins.
From 1988 to 1989 they featured a design of the Queen by Arnold Machin, and from 1990 to 2003 the portrait was done by Dora de Pedery-Hunt. There are also inscriptions of the Queen’s name above her effigy and the denomination and year below it.
Since 1979 Maple Leafs have also been struck in gold and are among the world’s most popular and best-selling gold bullion coins.
2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of this flagship gold bullion coin. So far, the mint has not announced any special anniversary gold coins, but that could change, especially since the mint has issued many other special anniversary issues in the past. Like the silver versions, the gold Maple Leaf coins feature the highest metal purity (.9999 fine) and the most advanced security features. In 2013 and 2015 the same special security elements that appear on the silver coins were added to the gold Maple Leaf, and their authenticity can also be verified using the mint’s Bullion DNA service.
Bullion gold Maple Leaf coins are currently issued in six different sizes to suit different budgets: 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10th oz, 1/20th oz, and 1 gram. These coins feature the same obverse and reverse designs as the silver versions, with the main difference being that the gold coins have different denominations. The 1 oz is $50, the ½ oz is $20, the ¼ oz is $10, the 10th is $5, 1/20th oz is $1, and the 1 gram is 50 cents.
For gold bullion coins with the highest purity, security, and an iconic design that continues to resonate with buyers, there is no better choice than the 2019 gold Maple Leaf.