Canadian Maple Leaf Silver Bullion Coin

Canadian Silver Maple Leaf (Front) Canadian Silver Maple Leaf (Back)

The purest silver bullion coin in regular mintage in the world today is the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf. It has a static design every year and mostly comes in 1 troy oz of silver. Variation for this coin includes proof (1989 only), privy marks, coloured maple leaf (has a different design than regular maple leaf) and holographic enhancement (5 Coin Set – 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz). A single-issue 10 oz version was produced in 1998 to mark the 10th anniversary of the coin series. The face value of the 1 oz coin is 5 Canadian Dollars, the highest among other silver bullions. The series was first minted in 1988 and is on-going today.

In 1999, all Silver Maple Leaf coins that were issued came with a Privy Mark to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Maple Leaf program. The following year, all coins for the year 2000 featured a Privy Mark with Fireworks and the number 2000. Another Silver Maple Leaf was issued to commemorate the Millennium. These coins were produced for January 1, 2000 and the Privy Mark consisted of Fireworks as well. The coins were double dated 1999 and 2000.

The Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin carries the same obverse and reverse designs as the Gold Maple Leaf. The obverse features a bust of Queen Elizabeth II, whose design changed in 1990 to feature a mature portrait of the Queen. In both versions, her name ('ELIZABETH II') appears at top and the denomination of the coin and the date of issue rest underneath the bust. The reverse depicts a Maple Leaf, the national symbol of Canada and for which the coin derives its name. The reverse also lists the name of the country and the amount and purity of the silver. The national symbol of Canada, a single maple leaf adorns the reverse of this beautiful coin while the obverse bears a sculpture of Queen Elizabeth II.

Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Bullion Coin
Designer of Queen Elizabeth II Bust on obverse: Machin (1988-1989), dePedery-Hunt (1990-present)
Gross Weight: 1.000 troy oz.
Silver Content: 0.9999 troy oz.
Diameter: 1.598 in.
Thickness: 0.117 in.
Face Value: $5 (CAN)
Dates: 1988-present
Mints: Ottawa, Winnipeg

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