The 2013 1 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin continues the proud tradition of this famous series. First minted in 1979 to provide an alternative to the Krugerrand during the boycotts of South Africa, the Maple Leaf immediately became a global sensation. Starting in 1983, the gold Maple Leaf was the world’s first gold bullion coin to be minted at .9999 purity, and has remained at this exceptional quality ever since.
This coin marks the debut of a new anti-counterfeiting measure. Using a special laser, the Royal Canadian Mint micro-engraves two tiny nested maple leafs on the reverse of each 2013 1 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin, with the last two digits of the year of mintage in the center, which is visible only under magnification.
The obverse features the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with her name inscribed above. Below the bust is the denomination of 50 Dollars, followed by the date 2013.
The reverse features the iconic symbol of Canada, the Maple Leaf. Flanking the leaf to either side is the purity, .9999, while the weight is proclaimed in English and French below: “Fine Gold 1 Oz Or Pur.” On the bottom right under the maple leaf is a second, tiny, laser-engraved maple leaf with the numeral "13" in the center. This is a new anti-counterfeiting measure from the Royal Canadian Mint.
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