Silver Maple Leaf coin series

Silver Maple Leaf coin series

The Silver Maple Leaf series are bullion coins issued annually since 1988 by the Royal Mint of Canada. The coin is legal tender on the territory of the country; its standard value is 5 Canadian dollars, and weight – 1 troy ounce (about 31 grams). The market price of speciments varies depending on the price of silver, so most of these coins settle in private collections. The content of pure silver is 99.99%, and this makes them one of the best official bullion coins around the world.

Special features of Silver Maple Leaf

The profile of Queen Elizabeth II is usually depicted on the obverse of the Silver Maple Leaf. The Canadian national symbol – the maple leaf is engraved on the reverse. The portraits of the Queen changed with time, depending on the year of minting:

  • Issues of the period 1988-1989: the portrait of Queen by Arnold Machin is on the obverse of the coin.
  • Issues of the period 1990-2003: the portrait of Queen by Doria de Pederi-Hunt is on the obverse of the coin.
  • Since 2004: the portrait of Queen by Suzanne Blunt is engraved on the obverse of the coin.

The inscriptions “CANADA” and “FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR” are engraved on each coin of standard silver series.

Standard silver coins

Since 2004, silver coins of the Maple Leaf series are produced with innovative protection against counterfeits. The special radial lines are applied both on the obverse and on the reverse of the coins. Laser microengraving is also used, which can be discerned only with the help of special devices.

  • Issue of 1998, Mintage – 1,155,931.
  • Issue of 1989, Mintage – 33,32,200.
  • Issue of 1990, Mintage – 1,708,800.
  • Issue of 1991, Mintage – 644,300.
  • Issue of 1992, Mintage – 343,800.
  • Issue of 1993, Mintage – 1,133,900.
  • Issue of 1994, Mintage – 889,946.
  • Issue of 1995, Mintage – 326,244.
  • Issue of 1996, Mintage – 250,445.
  • Issue of 1997, Mintage – 100,970.
  • Issue of 1998, Mintage – 591,359.
  • Issue of 1999, Mintage – 1,229,442.
  • Issue of 2000, Mintage – 403,362.
  • Issue of 2001, Mintage – 398,563.
  • Issue of 2002, Mintage – 576,196.
  • Issue of 2003, Mintage – 684,750.
  • Issue of 2004, Mintage – 680,925.
  • Issue of 2005, Mintage – 955,694.
  • Issue of 2006, Mintage – 2,464,727.
  • Issue of 2007, Mintage – 3,526,052.
  • Issue of 2008, Mintage – 7,909,161.
  • Issue of 2009, Mintage – 9,727,592.
  • Issue of 2010, Mintage – 17,799,992.
  • Issue of 2011, Mintage – 23,129,966.
  • Issue of 2012, Mintage – 18,132,297.
  • Issue of 2013, Mintage – 28,222,061.
  • Issue of 2014, Mintage – 29 245,000.

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Special Series

The Royal Mint of Canada produces many original series of collectible and commemorative coins that are distinguished by high purity of silver and exclusive design.

Commemorative Silver Maple Leaf

  • Issue of 1998, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf series. The designer of the reverse is Dora de Pederi-Hunt, Mintage – 13,533.
  • Issue of 2003, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf series. Mintage – 28,947.
  • Issue of 2008, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 20th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf series. Mintage – 10,000.
  • Issue of 2013, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf series. The coin was issued in two versions: 5 dollar denomination (weight – 1 troy ounce) and 50 dollar denomination (weight – 5 troy ounces).
  • Issue of 2013, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf series. Mintage – 1,000,000.
  • Issue of 2013, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the minting of silver piedfort. Mintage – 10,000.
  • Issue of 2018, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf series. The coin was issued in two versions: 5 dollar denomination (weight – 1 troy ounce) and 10 dollar denomination (weight – 2 troy ounces).
  • Issue of 2018, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf series. Mintage – 250,000.

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Other commemorative coins

  • Issue of 1989, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Silver(вики говорит, что золотой) Maple Leaf series. Mintage – 30,000.
  • Issue of 1998, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Royal Mint of Canada. Mintage – 13,025.
  • Issue of 1998, commemorative coin, dedicated to the Canadian Mounted Police. Mintage – 25,000.
  • Issue of 1998, commemorative coin dedicated to the tragedy of the Titanic. Mintage – 26,000.
  • Issue of 2000, commemorative coin, dedicated to the pyrotechnics of Canada. On the reverse of the coins, near the maple leaf, an image of the fireworks is engraved. Mintage – 403,652.
  • Issue of 2000, commemorative coin, dedicated to the international exhibition in Hannover. Mintage – 25,000.
  • Issue of 2004, commemorative coin, dedicated to Alphonse Desjardins, a well-known Canadian lawyer, businessman, journalist and politician. Mintage – 15,000.
  • Issue of 2005, commemorative coin “D-Day”, dedicated to the landing of allied forces in Normandy during World War II. Mintage – 11,698.
  • Issue of 2005, commemorative coin “Victory in Europe”, sold only in the US. Mintage – 7,000.
  • Issue of 2005, commemorative coin “Victory in Japan”, sold only in the US. Mintage -7,000.
  • Issue of 2009, commemorative coin “London’s Tower Bridge”, issued only for the European market. Mintage – 75,000.
  • Issue of 2009, commemorative coin “Brandenburg Gate”, issued only for the European market. Mintage – 50,000.
  • Issue of 2012, commemorative coin “Leaning Tower of Pisa”, issued only for the European market. Mintage – 50,000.
  • Issue of 2012, commemorative coin dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Titanic tragedy. Mintage – 25,000.
  • Issue of 2014, commemorative coin “World Money Fair in Berlin”. Mintage – 7,500.
  • Issue of 2014, commemorative coin “ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago”. Mintage – 7,500.
  • Issue of 2015, commemorative coin “Heart”, dedicated to the Fisher House Foundation. Mintage – 25,000.
  • Issue of 2015, commemorative coin «E = mc2», devoted to the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the law of equivalence of mass and energy. Mintage – 50,000.
  • Issue of 2015, commemorative coin “ANA World’s Fair of Money in Chicago”. Mintage – 5,000.
  • Issue of 2016, coin “Yin and Yang”, produced for China. Mintage – 50,000.
  • Issue of 2016, coin “Mark V Tank 100th anniversary”. Mintage – 50,000.
  • Issue of 2016, coin “Bigfoot”. Mintage – 50,000.

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Hologram Silver Maple Leaf

In this category, the coins of Chinese Mythology series are mostly presented. It is worth noting that the copies of 2009 and 2010 are made of sterling, silver and copper alloy. It makes some collectors not to include them to the real Maple Leaf. The remaining coins of the series weigh one ounce of pure silver.

  • Issue of 2001, coin “Maple of Good Fortune”. Mintage – 29,817.
  • Issue of 2002, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 15th anniversary of the “loony”, a gilded coin of 1 dollar denomination. Mintage – 29,970.
  • Issue of 2003, commemorative coin, dedicated to the 15th anniversary of Silver Maple Leaf. Mintage – 28,947.
  • Issue of 2003, coin “Maple of Good Fortune “. Mintage – 29,731.
  • Issue of 2005, coin “Maple of Hope”. Mintage – 19,888.
  • Issue of 2007, coin “Blessings of Long Life”. Mintage – 15,000.
  • Issue of 2009, coin “Maple of wisdom”. Mintage – 19,888.
  • Issue of 2010, coin “Maple of Strength”. Mintage – 8,888.
  • Issue of 2011, coin “Maple of Happiness”. Mintage – 8,888.
  • Issue of 2012, coin “Maple of Good Fortune”. Mintage – 8,888.
  • Issue of 2013, coin “Maple of Peace”. Mintage – 8,888.
  • Issue of 2014, coin “Maple of Longevity”. Mintage – 8,888.
  • Issue of 2015, coin “Maple of Prosperity”. Mintage -8,888.

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Cost of coins

Silver coins of the Maple Leaf series are considered worthy of the most exquisite collection; moreover, the cost of most copies allows the beginner numismatist to purchase them. The price of standard coins of relatively new series ranges from 19 to 300 Canadian dollars. More rare copies are more expensive – from 800 to 3,000 dollars.

Interesting facts

  • Experienced numismatists have noticed that some silver “maple leaves” coins have a blemish that is hardly visible to the naked eye – a milky white speck on the reverse. It is believed that it is connected with some particular qualities of processing silver at the mint.
  • Initially silver “maple leaves” were packed in Mylar, this way it was more convenient to sell copies by piece. However, since 2009, due to the constantly growing demand, coins began to be packed in semi-transparent tubes with a yellow lid, which bear the logo of the mint of Canada. Some special editions are packed in tubes with an orange, red, blue or gray cover. Each tube can contain 25 coins.
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