Canadian 2018 $10 Gold-Plated Coin Pays Tribute to SML


The Royal Canadian Mint is celebrating the bullion Silver Maple Leaf’s 30th birthday with a double-dated silver coin that features gold-plating.

2018 $10 30th Anniversary SML Gold-Plated 2 oz. Silver Coin
2018 $10 30th Anniversary SML Gold-Plated 2 oz. Silver Coin

Struck for collectors in two ounces of 99.99% pure silver, the limited-edition coin pays tribute to the SML with an enhanced recreation of the original design.

Added reverse elements include gold-plated rims and a gold-plated banner showing "30 YEARS/ANS" between the dates "1988" and "2018." Additional inscriptions include "CANADA," two instances of "9999," and "FINE SILVER 2 OZ ARGENT PUR."

2018 $10 30th Anniversary SML Gold-Plated 2 oz. Silver Coin - Reverse
A larger view of the coin’s reverse

Coin obverses bear the Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II," "10 DOLLARS," and "SB" for the artist’s initials. Adding to the silver coin’s appeal, the Queen’s portrait is in gold plating.

2018 $10 30th Anniversary SML Gold-Plated 2 oz. Silver Coin - Obverse
A larger view of the coin’s obverse

Both sides of the coin feature fields with a repeating pattern of a micro-sized maple leaf with the number "30."

"This background pattern echoes one of the SML’s security features, and its unique way of diffracting light results in a hologram-like effect that adds to the beauty of this extraordinary keepsake," the Royal Canadian Mint describes.

Major specifications for the collector coin include:

  • Mintage: 6,000
  • Composition: 99.99% pure silver
  • Finish: modified proof
  • Weight (g): 62.69
  • Diameter (mm): 50
  • Edge: serrated
  • Certificate: serialized
  • Face value: 10 dollars
  • Obverse Artist: Susanna Blunt


Place orders for the 2018 $10 30th Anniversary SML Gold-Plated 2 oz. Silver Coin on the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at An affiliate link to the coin’s product page is right here. Pricing is CAD $194.95, which is about US $153.

Each coin is encapsulated and ships in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded maroon clamshell with a black beauty box.

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It’s a nice coin but, as with most RCM products these days, way overpriced!! Just my opinion of course.

Mark D.

Buyer beware! Nice looking coin, but besides being way overpriced it comes from Royal Canadian Mint — among the very worst coin sellers out there. With a Better Business Bureau rating of, “F”, they’re every bit exploitative as HSN and Mike Meczack, with extra surly phone reps thrown in for good measure. Remember too that these are the folks that expect you to accept “some white spotting” on silver Maple Leaf coins as, “normal, and to be expected…” (read no returns, you’re stuck with them). Moreover, earlier this month they weren’t at all concerned when some poor collector got stuck… Read more »


The Canadian Mint has always done a good job with its selective gold plating. Not knowing the process involved I suspect there might be a lot more individual attention paid to the manufacturing of these coins and therefore a higher per coin cost regardless of the melt value of the coin. These are not bullion coins, you know. While the US Mint has made advances with the use of lasers it still remains in the 19th century when it comes to adding beauty to its coins. Selective gold plating goes a long way in beautifying a silver coin. The Breast… Read more »