The Royal Canadian Mint is ringing in the new year with the release of a 2017 Maple Leaves Silver Coin that was inspired by Canada’s iconic penny and celebrates the nation’s 150th anniversary.
This collector coin is minted in one-half ounce of 99.99% pure silver to a finish that features brilliant and frosted designs against a lined background.
Its reverse (tails side) shows a maple twig with two leaves, with the larger leaf on the right slightly overlapping the other. The familiar artwork was originally engraved by G. E. Kruger-Gray.
"Today, the same design that defined the Canadian penny for over 75 years continues to inspire, five years after its retirement from circulation," the Royal Canadian Mint states. "This commemorative counterpart is twice the size of the original."
Below the maple leaves is a commemorative inscription of “150 YEARS/ANS. Additional inscriptions include CANADA, 2017 and KG for the artist’s initials.
Obverses bear Susanna Blunts effigy of the Her Majesty with inscriptions of ELIZABETH II, D G REGINA, and 10 DOLLARS.
Specifications for the collectible include:
- Mintage: 35,000
- Composition: 99.99% pure silver
- Finish: specimen
- Weight (g): 15.87
- Diameter (mm): 24
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 10 dollars
- Reverse Artist: G.E. Kruger-Gray
- Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt
Priced at CAD $29.95 or about US $23, the 2017 $10 Canada Maple Leaves 1/2 oz. Silver Coin is available from the Royal Canadian Mint (mint.ca) with an affiliate link to its product page right here.
Coins are encapsulated and in a maroon clamshell with a black beauty box with a Canada 150 logo.