Canadian Gold & Silver Maple Leaf CoinsCanadian Maple Leaf coins are one of the most highly-recognized bullion coins in the world. Backed by the Commonwealth of Canada, these .9999 pure Gold and .9999 pure Silver Maples are highly liquid and eligible for investment in an IRA. These popular bullion coins are a smart investment for a variety of reasons. They’re equipped with three cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting features plus a MintShield coating and are protected by their status as legal tender. Whether you want to buy Canadian Maple Leaf coins to help stabilize your portfolio or simply because you appreciate their value and beauty, GoldSilver is the best place to start.
We offer Canadian Maple Leafs for sale in a range of purchasing options. These coins are unique due to the fact that they are one of only a few sovereign coins that come in denominations of 1/20 ounce. You can also purchase silver and gold Maple Leafs in denominations of 1-ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce and 1/10 ounce with us. GoldSilver offers all of these denominations as well as 25- and 8-gram Maplegrams, which can be broken off into individual grams.
History of the Maple Leaf Coin
First minted in 1979, Gold Maple Leafs are among the most popular and recognizable gold coins in the world. At their inception, the only other bullion coin was the South African Krugerrand. However, this coin which was not widely available because of boycotts on apartheid-era South African goods. From their beginning, Maple Leafs have been—and remain—wildly popular. By the early ‘80s, they were outselling Krugerrands.
In 1988, the Silver Maple Leaf was introduced. Mintages have varied from a low of 101,000 in 1997 to a high of 28.2 million in 2013. The Silver Maple Leaf is one of the most popular silver coins in existence.
In recent years, Canada has introduced new security features to the Gold Maples as anti-counterfeiting measures. In 2013, a laser-micro-engraved textured maple leaf was added on a small area of the reverse side of the coin. In the center of this mark is a numeral denoting the coin’s year of issue, only visible under magnification.
The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II, and it has gone through three iterations. The portrait on the original Maple Leaf was used from 1988-1989; the second portrait—of the queen in her 64th year—from 1990-2003; and the third portrait from June 2003—which features a crownless queen the year after her Golden Jubilee—to the present.
The reverse displays a large maple leaf, symbol of the country, a design that has remained unchanged. However, beginning in 2014, a mintmark was introduced as a security measure. It is a small maple leaf, micro-engraved into the reverse. The mintmark contains the coin's year of issue and represents a major enhancement of bullion coin security.
Precious Metal Composition
The Gold Maple Leaf is pure .9999 fine gold (24 carat). At the time of its issue, it was the only such coin in the world. The Krugerrand and the Eagle are both alloys– each contains a full troy ounce of gold, but are .9167 fine (22 carat). Some people like the color of pure gold; others don’t mind the slightly different tint of an alloy. Some are attracted to the unrivaled fineness of 24-carat gold. And still others appreciate the Canadian coin’s simplicity of design.
Since gold content is the same, whichever one prefers is a matter of personal taste. Pure gold coins are softer and scratch more easily than alloys, which were intended to stand up to the stresses of circulation. Leafs are particularly popular in India and the Far East, where pure gold is the most accepted and familiar form of bullion.
Issued by the Royal Canadian Mint, the Silver Maple Leaf is a full troy ounce and is .9999 fine. The purity is attested to by the words “Fine Silver” and “Argent Pur,” which means the same in French.
Why Invest in the Maple Leaf Coin?
The choice to purchase Canadian Maple Leafs is an excellent decision because they are:
- Issued by the Royal Canadian Mint — Due to the fact that they are issued from the Royal Canadian Mint, you know your gold or silver Maple Leafs will be of reliable quality and purity.
- Secure and Protected — Canadian Maple Leaf coins are protected by their status as legal tender. Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins also feature a MintShield coating, which is the first proven, proprietary solution for reducing white spots on silver bullion.
- Equipped with Anti-Counterfeit Features — Leafs are protected by three unique security features consisting of a textured maple leaf, micro-engraved with laser technology, radial lines, and Bullion DNA database exclusively used by the Royal Canadian Mint.
- Ideal as Backup Currency — These coins are usable as money in times of crisis, as gold and silver will always be accepted in the marketplace.
- Universally Recognizable and Redeemable — You can redeem Canadian Maple Leaf coins at a fixed market price, anywhere in the world.
- Universally Recognizable and Redeemable — With an unequalled inflation hedge and potential for appreciation in value, Canadian bullion coins make for smart investment coins. They are also uncorrelated with other asset classes, thus providing investment diversification.
Buying Gold and Silver Maple Leafs Online from GoldSilver.com
For your convenience, we offer pure gold Canadian Maple Leafs in five different sizes: 1 oz., ½ oz., ¼ oz., 1/10 oz., and even 1/20 oz. Secure purchase is just a few clicks away. You may elect to pay via credit/debit cards or PayPal orders at full price, or receive a 4 percent discount for purchases paid by bank wire or check. Discounts are also applied to purchases of 10 coins or more. We also accept Bitcoin and offer a 3 percent discount when you pay with Bitcoin.
GoldSilver also makes it easy for you to acquire silver Maple Leafs. You can purchase your Silver Maple Leaf in a commonly-dated edition, or choose the current year mintage. You may select either individual coins in quantities from one to 499, or you may order 500-oz. mint cases. Since 2009, lots of 25 have been packaged at the Mint in semi-transparent tubes with a yellow lid bearing the RCM logo.
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