Gold Maple Leaf Coin: History & Evolution
The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the one ounce gold maple leaf coin in 1979. At the time, the purity of the coins gold was 99.9%. Four years after the coins 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 coins 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 mastering graver 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 artists, 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 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 only 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.