History of the Coin: The Silver Canadian Maple Leaf was first issued in 1988 by the Royal Canadian Mint. Since being issued there have been three different variations of the obverse of the coin. Each version is a different interpretation of the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.
The original version of the Silver Maple Leaf featured a portrait of the Queen by Arnold Machin. This version was quickly replaced and in 1990 a portrait by Dora de Pedery-Hunt was introduced. That version lasted over a decade until the current portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt was minted beginning in 2004.
Despite changes to the obverse of the coin, the reverse has remained constant. Since being introduced in 1988 the reverse of the Silver Maple Leaf has featured the iconic image that embodies the ideals of Canada, the maple leaf.
Radial lines on both the obverse and the reverse of the coin were a security feature that was added beginning in 2014. The Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is legal tender of Canada and has a face value of 5 Canadian dollars.
There have been several special editions of the coin since 1988. Most notably to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Silver Maple Leaf, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a 10 oz version of the coin. Supply for the coin outstripped demand so some of the 30,000 10oz coins were melted. In 2000, a special commemorative Silver Maple Leaf was issued to mark the millennium.
Each coin contains 1 oz. of .9999 fine Silver
Obverse features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt
Reverse has the coins weight and purity along with the Canadian Maple Leaf
Radial lines on both the obverse and reverse provide extra security
Backed by the Canadian government
Quantities of 500 will come in a sealed Monster Box
Why invest in the coin? The Silver Canadian Maple Leaf exemplifies everything an investment in precious metals should be. The beauty of silver, the history of Queen Elizabeth II, and a long-standing symbol of Canada, the maple leaf. The Royal Canadian Mint takes the extra security measures of minting the coins with radial lines and encoding and registering each coin. There may be no more economical, historical, and collectible investment in the precious metals market today.