Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the largest players in precious metals investments, with their flagship Maple Leaf coins offered in gold, silver, platinum and palladium, as well as their highly-regarded silver and gold bars. The RCM is also a world leader in anti-counterfeiting measures for both precious metal and circulating coins.
Canadian Maple Leaf
Gold Maple Leaf
The world’s first 24K gold 1 oz bullion coin, the Gold Maple Leaf was introduced in 1979. The coin’s purity increased to .9999 fine gold in late 1982. In 2013, the laser engraved security mark of a tiny textured maple leaf containing the last two numerals of the mintage date were introduced to the Gold Maple Leaf, with a light-diffracting radial field replacing the plain field in 2015.
Silver Maple Leaf
Introduced in 1988, the Silver Maple Leaf’s extra fine .9999 purity and low premiums compared to other government-minted bullion coins made it highly desirable to silver investors. The enhanced security features of a laser-etched security mark and radial security pattern were introduced in 2014, making the Silver Maple Leaf one the world’s most secure silver bullion coins.
The MapleGram25™ is one of the newest innovations from the RCM, offering experienced investors and first-time gold buyers the same opportunity and flexibility to invest in legal tender gold bullion! Each MapleGram25™ blister pack includes 25 individual 1-gram Gold Maple Leaf coins, each with a face value of 50 cents. These miniature Gold Maple coins are a great way to begin buying factional gold.
Precious metal bars from the Royal Canadian Mint are extremely popular, since they are made with industry-leading purity.
RCM gold bars can range from the standard 1 oz bar to 400 troy oz Good Delivery gold bars. Due to its small size, the most popular RCM gold bar for retail investors is the 1 oz RCM gold bar sealed in its assay card, as these bars trade hands regularly. The 1 Kilo (32.15 troy oz) size gold bar is also frequently seen. Royal Canadian Mint gold bars have the advantage of being struck from extra-pure .9999 fine gold.
Silver bars from the Royal Canadian Mint are made from the same .9999 fine silver as the iconic Silver Maple Leaf. The 10 troy oz RCM .9999 silver bar recently received a new design, making it a very popular silver bar.
The Royal Canadian Mint began as the Ottawa branch of Britain’s Royal Mint, in 1908. It was built to refine and process the bounty of the Yukon and British Columbian gold rushes, turning the raw ore into fine gold bars and gold Sovereigns that the British Empire used to fund its military in World War I. In 1931, ownership of the Mint passed to the Canadian Government, and it was renamed the Royal Canadian Mint. In 1969, the RCM was reorganized as a Crown Corporation, with the Canadian government being the only shareholder.
The RCM has made gold purity an obsession, being the first refinery in the world to produce “four nines” .9999 fine gold coins in 1982, and achieving the first .99999 “five nines” gold coins in 1999. In addition to minting all the circulation, numismatic, and bullion coins for Canada, the RCM has the capacity to supply 2 billion coins a year to its many foreign customers.
Its award-winning anti-counterfeiting technology employing laser-engraved security marks on the Silver and Gold Maple Leaf coins, as well as on circulating $1 and $2 coins, were a first in the industry.