Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin

Description

The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is a silver bullion coin issued annually by the Government of Canada.  It is produced by the Royal Canadian Mint.  The Silver Maple Leaf is legal tender.  The face value is 5 Canadian Dollars..  The market value of the metal varies, depending on the spot price of silver.  The 99.99% silver content makes the coin among the finest official bullion coins worldwide.  The standard version has has a weight of 1 troy ounce (31.1 grams)

The Silver Maple Leaf’s obverse and reverse display, respectively, the profile of Queen Elizabeth II and the Canadian Maple Leaf.  In 2014 new security features were introduced: radial lines and micro-engraved laser mark.

The Silver Maple Leaf is issued annually by the Government of Canada.  Introduced by 1988 by the Royal Canadian Mint, there have been three subsequent standard editions and several special editions.  

The Silver Maple Leaf’s obverse (front) displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.  Elizabeth II, the denomination and also the year appear on the obverse of the coin.  There have been subsequent versions of the Queens’ profile;  1988-1989, portrait by Arnold Machin, 1990-2003, Dora de Pedery-Hunt and from 2004 to present by Susanna Blunt.  The Silver Maples Leaf reverse displays the Canadian Maple Leaf.  The reverse displays the phrases CANADA and FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR.  The design has remained unchanged since 1988.  

Samples of the Silver Maple Leaf often carry a blemish that has a milky white appearance, called a milk spot.  This happens when a cleaning agent is left on the coin when it goes into annealing furnace.  The issue was was addressed in 2018 with the RCM introducing “MINTSHIELD” surface protection technology to prevent milk spots.  The Silver Maple Leaf was originally packaged in Mylar.  Since 2009, due to increasing demand, it is packaged in semi-transparent tubes of 25 with a yellow lid with the RCM logo. 

Specifications 

Year: Random

Manufacturer: Royal Canadian Mint

Purity: .9999

Actual Weight: 1 troy oz

Gross Weight: 31.103 grams

Diameter: 40.6 mm

Thickness: 2.98 mm

Denomination: $1

Packaging: Individual coins come in plastic flips.  Multiples of 20 come in Mint 

plastic tubes and multiples of 500 comes in monster boxes.

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