The Royal Canadian Mint is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its iconic Silver Maple Leaf with two special versions of the bullion coin.
One edition features an intricate engraving of the maple leaf intertwined with the number "30." The other incorporates enhancements to both coin sides with a double-incuse engraving of the maple leaf and of Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy. The treatment is a Royal Canadian Mint first.
"We are proud of the market leadership the Silver Maple Leaf has achieved over the last 30 years and are excited to launch two anniversary products which embody the same qualities that have made it one of the world’s favourite silver bullion coins," said Chris Carkner, Vice-President of Sales at the Royal Canadian Mint.
Both anniversary coins have an array of precisely machined radial lines and a micro-engraved security mark in the shape of a maple leaf with the number "18" to denote their year of issue.
They are offered in low mintages with options of singles and 500-coin monster boxes. Bullion and coin dealers are now selling each edition for about $3.75 to $4.50 over spot.
Major specifications for the Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin include:
- Face value: 5 dollars
- Composition: 99.99% pure silver
- Weight (g): 31.11
- Diameter: 38 mm
- Thickness: 3.29 mm
- Edge: serrated
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins