2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins in Platinum, Gold and Silver

by Darrin Lee Unser on April 16, 2012 · 0 comments

Available now from the Royal Canadian Mint are five 2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins struck in varying sizes of platinum, gold and silver. The coins expand on a popular series which was introduced by the Mint last year.

2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins

Royal Canadian Mint images of its 2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint’s newest Forever Maple Leaf Coins include a massive one kilogram gold coin, a one ounce platinum coin, a one kilogram silver coin, a 1/10 ounce gold coin and a 1/2 ounce silver coin. All feature a unique reverse design showcasing Canada’s iconic emblem, the maple leaf.

Mintages for the new coins range from a miniscule 30 for the largest gold coin up to 100,000 for the smallest silver version.

2012 Forever Maple Leaf Coin Designs

The reverse design features a trilogy of maple leaves. It was designed by Luc Normandin and depicts one larger maple leaf at the center, with two smaller leaves behind and to each side of the large one. All three are joined at their bases by their petiole.

Reverse inscriptions vary dependent upon the coin in question but all feature "CANADA" inscribed across the top with "2012" at the bottom. Other inscriptions indicate the content, purity, the face value of the coin and designers initials "LM" toward the bottom of the leaves.

The obverse of each coin contains the Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Obverse inscriptions include "ELIZABETH II" and "D G REGINA."

Forever Maple Leaf Coin Specifications

With a wide variety of sizes and compositions, the new 2012 Forever Maple Leaf Coins are priced to fall within a range of budgets. The largest sizes have extremely small mintages, and will likely sellout first. Last year’s kilo sized coin sold out on launch day.

The chart below offers known specifications for the new coins.

Coin Specifications, Mintages and Prices

  Kilo Gold Coin Ounce Platinum Coin Kilo Silver Coin 1/10 Ounce Gold Coin 1/2 Ounce Silver Coin
Mintage 30 250 1,200 25,000 100,000
Purity 99.99% 99.95% 99.99% 99.99% 99.99%
Weight (g) 1,000 31.16 1,000 3.13 15.87
Diameter (mm) 101.6 30 101.8 16 34
Face Value $2,500 $300 $250 $5 $10
Coin Price (CAD) $69,000.00 $2,999.95 $2,249.95 $229.95 $34.95

 

All five 2012 Forever Maple Leaf Coins are currently available by either calling the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the United States, or on the Internet at www.mint.ca.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale.

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