Canadian Gold Coins
Buying Canadian Gold Bullion Coins
Investors and collectors highly value gold coins, making them a crucial part of any investment portfolio. When collectors search for top-notch pieces for their collections, they often seek the esteemed yellow metal. Gold is considered the standard in the precious metals industry, and various mints worldwide, both government-owned and private, produce gold bullion options for collectors and numismatists.
One of the most sought-after gold coin programs is the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf from the Royal Canadian Mint. This mint produces over 1 billion coins annually, including the popular Canadian Maple Leaf series in gold, silver, and platinum, and it also manufactures currency for around a dozen other countries.
Overview of Canadian Maple Leaf Coins
The Canadian Maple Leaf, the official bullion coin series of the Royal Canadian Mint and Canada, stands out as one of the world’s most favored coin programs. Introduced in 1979, these coins were the first to challenge the South African Krugerrand in gold bullion demand. Unique to the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf is the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, with different portraits representing specific periods.
The reverse of all Canadian Maple Leafs displays the iconic sugar maple leaf, a design that has remained constant since the introduction of the gold version in 1979, with added security features over time.
Insights into Canadian Gold Maple Leaf
Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins initially debuted with .999 pure gold content and later improved to .9999 pure gold in November 1982. The Royal Canadian Mint has even achieved .99999 pure gold content in some instances. These coins come in various weights, including 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz, and 1 Gram, with face values based on the $50 (CAD) value of the 1 oz. coin.
The Royal Canadian Mint has released numerous variants of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, commemorating anniversaries and special events.
Canadian Gold MapleGram
The Canadian Gold MapleGram is a special version of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Series. Instead of individual coins, it consists of 25 separate 1-gram Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins, each housed in its own assay card. These cards are connected in a larger card, and each one has a protective capsule at its center. You can keep the MapleGram as a single 25-gram product or break out each 1-gram card as needed.
Call of the Wild Series
The Royal Canadian Mint has previously produced coins with .99999 pure gold in the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Series on a limited basis. The Call of the Wild Series marked a regular-issue introduction of .99999 pure gold coins. Starting in 2014, the series features a new animal design with each date mark. Inspired by native wildlife in Canada and North America, each coin in the series showcases the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and a common reverse design element: radiating sound waves symbolizing the “call” of each animal. Designs so far include the Howling Wolf, Growling Cougar, Roaring Grizzly, Bugling Elk, Screaming Golden Eagle, and Hissing Bobcat. Wildlife artist Pierre LeDuc created all the reverse designs for this series.
Animal Portrait Series
The Animal Portrait Series, a recent collection from the Royal Canadian Mint, offers 1/4 Troy oz .9999 pure gold coins with reverse proof visuals. These coins have frosted background fields with mirrored design elements. Denis Mayer Jr. designed all the reverse animal designs in this collection. The series includes animals like the Bighorn Sheep (2017), Wolverine (2018), Mustang (horse) (2019), Woodland Caribou (2020), Great Horned Owl (2021), and Moose (2022). There is also a companion series of 3/4 Troy oz reverse proof silver coins with the same reverse designs.
History of the Royal Canadian Mint
Founded in 1908, the Royal Canadian Mint has grown into one of the world’s leading sovereign mints. Initially striking Canadian currency in London, the mint expanded to have its facilities in Ottawa and Winnipeg. Today, it is a key player in the global minting landscape.
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