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Platinum Canadian Maple Leaf

By Gainesville Coins
Published February 04, 2015
Canadian Maple Leafs Platinum Coins

The Platinum Maple Leaf is a platinum coin issued by the Royal Canadian Mint between 1988 and 2002. The coin was then discontinued and reintroduced in 2009. The coin was offered in various denominations, all of which are marked as containing .9995 pure platinum. The coins have legal tender status in Canada, but as is often the case with bullion coins, the face values of these coins are purely symbolic and do not reflect their true value. The coin is eligible for precious metal IRAs. The mint started to issue the Platinum Maple Leaf bullion coin to compliment its gold and silver offerings.

Mintage

Along with the Gold Maple Leaf, the Platinum Maple Leaf has become one of the world's most popular platinum coins. Platinum is a much rarer metal than gold, and the number of countries coining platinum for the bullion market is smaller than that for gold.

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Coin Mintage
Year Mintage Year Mintage
1988: 26,000 1989: 10,000
1990: 31,900 1991: 31,900
1992: 40,500 1993: 17,666
1994: 36,245 1995: 25,819
1996: 62,273 1997: 25,480
1998: 10,403 1999: 3,248
2009: 33,000 2010: 0
2011: 5,000    

Coin Specifications

Coin Specifications
Weights & Denominations 1988-1989: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz
1990-1992: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz
1993: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz
1994: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/15 oz, 1/20 oz
1995-1999: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz
2002: 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz
2009: 1 oz

In 2002, 500 sets of hologram platinum maple leaf coins in all five denominations were the only platinum maple leafs minted that year.
Front/Obverse The Platinum Maple Leaf bullion coin carries the same obverse and reverse designs as the Gold and Silver Maple Leaf coins. The obverse features the profile of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Susanna Blunt. The Queen's name "ELIZABETH II" appears at the top of the platinum bullion coin. The face value of "50 DOLLARS" and the coin's year of issue are underneath the Queen's profile.

As the years changed, so did the image of the queen. The coins produced from 1988-1989 featured the queen at age 39. From 1990-2002, the coin depicted an image of the 64-year-old queen. In 2009, the queen is shown at age 79.
Rear/Reverse: The reverse side of the platinum bullion coin features the Maple Leaf, the national symbol of Canada. "CANADA" is inscribed across the top of the bullion coin. The phrase "FINE PLATINUM 1 OZ PLATINE PUR" is displayed along the bottom of the bullion coin. The purity of "9995" is displayed on both sides of the Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf. "CANADA" is inscribed across the top of the bullion coin. The phrase "FINE PLATINUM 1 OZ PLATINE PUR" is displayed along the bottom of the bullion coin. The purity of "9995" is displayed on both sides of the Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf.
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