Gold Maple Leaf Coin: History & Evolution


The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the 1-ounce Gold Maple Leaf coin in 1979. At the time, the purity of the coin’s gold was 99.9%. Four years after the coin’s debut, in 1983, this coin made history as the first bullion coin to be struck from 99.99% pure gold. In 2007 the Mint raised the coin’s gold standard once again to 99.999% making it one of the purest gold coins in the world. Today, the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Coin remains highly regarded for its purity and quality. It’s considered the premier product of the Royal Canadian Mint, and it’s one of the most sought-after coins in the United States. The back of the coin, with a $50 face value, still bears the original maple leaf design created by master engraver Walter Ott. The maple leaf reigns as the unofficial emblem of Canada. The front of the coin depicts Queen Elizabeth II. It’s the first coin to show the queen without a crown. Canadian artist Susanna Blunt produced the most recent portrait of the queen to grace the coin. In 2019, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a special edition of the Gold Maple Leaf Coin to commemorate its 40th anniversary boasting that it is the “world’s best gold bullion coin.” In 2012, the Mint announced it was permanently adding a visual security feature to the coin. The security mark consists of a textured maple leaf that’s micro-engraved with laser laser technology on a small area of the reverse side of the coin. In the center of the mark is a two-digit numeral denoting the year of issue which is visible when it’s magnified. If you’d like to learn more about Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins and other precious metals, call U.S. Money Reserve today.

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