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