Two silver maple leafs adorn a new 50-cent gold coin now available from the Royal Canadian Mint.
Described by the Mint as "more affordable" at CAD $129.95, which is about US $96, the coin is minted to collector proof quality and struck in 99.99% pure gold to a weight of 1.27 grams.
"Your coin features an outstanding amount of lifelike detail on a smaller (13.92 mm) canvas," the Royal Canadian Mint promotes.
The silver maple leaf designs are depicted in a downward position as they would appear when attached to a branch.
"Where the veins are sunken on the first leaf, they are raised and prominent on the second, which is further enhanced by the matte and proof finishes that attractively contrast the two," the Mint describes.
The design is the work of Canadian artist Margaret Best. Surrounding the pair of leaves are inscriptions of 50 CENTS, 2017, CANADA, and MB for the artist’s initials.
Obverses carry the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions of ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.
Specifications as provided by the Royal Canadian Mint are:
- Mintage: 8,000
- Composition: 99.99% pure gold
- Finish: proof
- Weight (g): 1.27
- Diameter (mm): 13.92
- Edge: serrated
- Certificate: serialized
- Face value: 50 cents
- Reverse Artist: Margaret Best
- Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt
The 2017 50c Silver Maple Leaf 1/25oz Gold Coin is sold directly by the Royal Canadian Mint at mint.ca with an affiliate link to the its product page right here.
Each coin is encapsulated and ships within a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.