The Gold Canadian Maple Leaf is the oldest of modern 24-karat gold coins in the world, setting an international precedent for gold coins since 1979. It features Queen Elizabeth II’s bust on the obverse (front) side and, as you might expect, Canada’s symbolic maple leaf on the reverse. The gold maple leaf featured a younger Queen from 1979 until 1989 before being updated in 1990 with Susanna Blunt’s more mature design.
These coins have a nominal face value of $50 CAD and are guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian government. Some special editions have had up to 0.99999 or "five nine" fineness, solidifying the gold Canadian maple leaf’s reputation as a coin of exceptional quality and purity.
The Royal Canadian Mint first minted the coin in 1979, adding more security features over the years. In 2013, a smaller laser-micro-engraved maple leaf was added to the reverse side, invisible to the naked eye. In 2015, radial lines were added to the coin’s background to deter counterfeiters.
The gold maple leaf coin’s purity was raised from 0.999 fineness in 1982. With a weight of 1 troy ounce and a purity of 0.9999 pure gold, these are among the purest official gold bullion coins on the market, making them highly sought after by collectors and traders alike.
- The oldest 24-karat state bullion coin in the world
- One troy ounce of 0.9999 pure gold
- Includes cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting security features
- Backed by the Canadian government and Royal Canadian Mint
- Highly regarded as a coin of exceptionally high gold purity