The Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins are the official bullion coin from Canada. Next
to the South African Krugerrand, they are one of the most popular gold bullion coins available in
the world. An important difference between the Krugerrand and the Canadian maple leaf is that the latter have a higher purity.
The first Maple Leaf Coin was struck in 1979 at 99.9% purity. This was the 1oz $50 gold bullion coin. In
1982 the Royal Canadian mint started producing gold bullion coins at 99.99% pure gold (.9999 millesimal
fineness). This made the Canadian Maple leaf the first 99.99% pure gold bullion coin in the world. The
quality and the purity is guaranteed by both the Canadian government and the Royal Mint.
The Canadian Maple Leaf
coins have an exquisite design. The innovative laser technology used by the Canadian Mint makes
it possible to engrave a highly detailed image. The reverse side of the coin shows a leaf of the iconic
Canadian maple tree with stunning delicacy. The refined and detailed design also makes it very difficult
to counterfeit the gold coin, thus serving as security feature as well. The obverse side also depicts the
purity and the weight of the gold coin. The letters 'Canada' have been printed at the top above the
leaf clearly stating its country of origin. The obverse side of the Coin portrays the image of Her Majesty
Queen Elisabeth II. This effigy was created by the artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.
Available Maple Leaf Gold coins
The Maple Leaf bullion gold coin is available in five different sizes, all at 99.99% purity (24 carats). All the
coins have a legal tender status in Canada for their face values under the Canadian Currency Act and the
Royal Canadian Mint Act. The coins are all identical in their design, except for the markings that state
the face value and weight of the coin.
All gold coins are weighed three time to ensure that they contain
no less than the guaranteed weight (silver coins are weighed twice). They weighing happens when the
coin is still blank, when it has been struck, and when it has been packaged.
The Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is headquartered in central Ottawa. Back
when it was still called the Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint, the first gold coin was struck in 1908. The
mint now has two facilities (Ottawa and Winnipeg) and a newly opened storefront in Vancouver.
Since 2005, the Canadian Mint is the only Mint in the world that strikes 99.999% pure gold bullion coins.
The Royal Canadian Mint has also product five so called 'Million Dollar Coins'. These coins weigh 100kg,
have a $1 million face value and have 99.999% purity. If you ever get your hands on one, be sure to send
us a picture of these rare coins.
Besides the Golden Maple Leaf coins, the Royal Canadian Mint also produces trade bars, gold wafers and
gold kilo bars. Be sure to see the rest of Bitgild’s assortiment, and buy
gold and silver online.
The available sizes are:
Canadian Maple leaf 1/20oz
Weight in oz: 1/20
Weight in grams: 1.556
Face value: $1
Diameter in mm: 14.1
Canadian Maple leaf 1/10oz
Weight in oz: 1/10
Weight in grams: 3.111
Face value: $5
Diameter in mm: 16
Canadian Maple leaf 1/4oz
Weight in oz: 1/4
Weight in grams: 7.777
Face value: $10
Diameter in mm: 20
Canadian Maple leaf 1/2oz
Weight in oz: 1/2
Weight in grams: 15.554
Face value: $20
Diameter in mm: 25
Canadian Maple leaf 1oz
Weight in oz: 1
Weight in grams: 31.110
Face value: $50
Diameter in mm: 30