The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf was the world's first 24K gold bullion coin. Introduced in 1979, it was also the first gold bullion coin after the South African Krugerrand appeared in 1967.
Like its larger brethren, the 2013 1/4 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin is minted in .9999 fine gold at the Royal Canadian Mint. The face value of 10 dollars makes this gold coin legal tender in Canada, meaning the weight and purity is backed by the Canadian government.
The obverse of this coin features the Susanna Blunt image of Queen Elizabeth II, with the year-date 2013 and the face value of 10 dollars. The reverse image is the iconic Canadian Maple leaf, flanked by the "four nines" of 99.99% purity. Underneath the maple leaf is the weight in English and French.
Measuring 20mm across and 1.7 mm thick, this .25 troy ounce pure gold coin is approved for inclusion in American self-directed IRAs as part of your diversified portfolio.
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