Canadian Silver Maple Leafs are recognized as the official silver bullion coin of Canada, and are guaranteed to contain 1 troy ounce of silver and 99.99% purity by the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the world's most respected mints, and was the first to release a series of silver bullion coins with .9999 fineness.
The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf carries a legal tender in Canada, with a face value of $5. This is the highest value among similar government issued silver bullion coins.
As a symbol of Canada, the Silver Maple Leaf is one of the most popular silver coins worldwide, as well as one of the most pure. It was first minted in 1988, and has since been released annually. While the coin has undergone different variations and enhancements, it has always bared Dora de Pedery-Hunt's maple leaf design. Susanna Blunt's likeness of Queen Elizabeth II has also been featured on the coin's reverse each year.