The Gold Canadian Maple Leaf is issued every year by the Royal Canadian Mint. First minted in 1979 with a purity of 99.9% and continued for 3 years until, in 1982 it was increased to 99.99%, a special edition was issued in 2007 with a purity of 99.999% gold.
Originally The Maple Leaf Gold Bullion coin was only minted as a 1 oz coin. In 1982 .25 oz and .10 oz coins were added. These were followed by the .50 oz coin in 1986. Always trying to listen to public demand in 1993 a .05 coin was added. A .66 oz version was minted between the years of 1994 and 1996.
There are several million of these coins in circulation. In 1996 143,000 units were minted, this is the lowest mintage year for these coins. In Canada, Gold Maple Leaf coins are legal tender and have face values of $1, $5, $10, $20, and $50 CAD. They are however categorized as “non-circulating bullion coins” in the Mint Act.
The true value of these Gold Bullion coins is dependent on the current spot price of gold, which makes the face value irrelevant. The Gold Maple Leaf coin is second only to the top-selling Krugerrand gold coin in terms of global popularity.
Besides the regularly minted versions, special limited additions of these coins were minted. Only 5 of these special coins were produced. With a weight of 100 kg (3215 troy oz), and a nominal value of 1 million CAD, they are special indeed. It was estimated in 2008, that each of these coins was worth around two million Euros. On June 25, 2010, the Spanish Precious Metal Trading Company, Oro Direct, sold one, to the now bankrupt AvW Invest AG Company, for 3.27 million Euros. Queen Elizabeth II of Britain owns one of these special coins. Two are known to be owned privately by persons in the Arab Emirates.
Minted By: The Royal Mint
Designer(s): Susanna Blunt
.9999 Pure Gold
Diameter: 30.00 MM
Thickness: 2.8 MM
This striking gold coin features a detailed image of the Arctic Fox at home in its natural habit of the Canadian wilderness.
The Gold Buffalo was designed after the first nickel coin released in 1913.
The Gold Vienna Philharmonic was first minted in 1989 by the Austrian Mint.
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