The one-ounce Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is another of the most popular silver coins in the world. Introduced in 1988, it was one of the first silver coins to contain 0.9999 pure silver (compare to 0.999 silver used in American Silver Eagle coins). These coins bear a $5 face value and similar designs to their gold maple leaf counterpart. However, silver maple leaf coins do offer a unique feature.
These truly impressive coins were the first to feature radial lines on both sides of the coin as a security measure. They also bear a micro-engraved maple leaf on the reverse as another security feature, marking them as truly different and special to collectors and investors alike. On each micro-engraved leaf are two digits indicating production year and a unique Bullion DNA that is encoded and recorded at the Royal Canadian Mint. These intensive anti-counterfeiting measures should give you an idea of just how important the silver maple leaf coin is to the Royal Canadian Mint, and how hard they work to ensure and preserve its authenticity and value.
Along with these security measures, since 2018, each Silver Canadian Maple Leaf has also featured a technique called MINTSHIELD Surface Protection to reduce white spots (long a concern for investors, these white or “milk spots” on silver bullion coins don’t affect precious metal content, but do detract from its aesthetics).
The obverse (front) side of the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II as depicted by artist Susanna Blunt. It is inscribed with “ELIZABETH II” above the Queen and “5 DOLLARS” with the year of mintage below.
On the other, (reverse) side, Walter Ott’s now-famous image of the sugar maple leaf is featured with the words “CANADA,” “FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARCENT PUR” and “9999” to mark its purity. Ott’s maple leaf has been used on Maple Leaf coins dating back to the first issuance of the 1979 gold version.
- Weight of 1 troy ounce of silver
- Purity of 0.9999 pure silver
- Full Backing by the Canadian government
- Face value of $5 (CAD)
- Minted by the Royal Canadian Mint
- Fully engraved with radiant lines for a look like no other coin
- Well protected and authenticated with multiple security measures
- MINTSHIELD Surface Protection guards against milk spots (on coins minted 2018 and later)
- Random year 1988+