The Canadian Silver Maple ranks right alongside the world's most coveted silver bullion coins, and has stood out as the flagship silver coin of the Royal Canadian Mint since its introduction in the late 1980s. Now struck from extra- pure .9999 fine silver, each of the 2018 1 oz Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coins bears a face value of 5 Dollars (CAD) and contains a 1 troy ounce of actual silver weight (ASW).
The reverse design, created by artist Walter Ott, shows a picturesque maple leaf at the center of the design. The leaf is rendered in exquisite detail for maximum realism. The issuing country "CANADA" is inscribed at the top rim, while "9999" flanks the maple leaf on either side. The bottom rim includes the inscriptions "FINE SILVER" and "1 OZ ARGENT PUR." A small maple leaf privy mark appears just above these inscriptions. The edge is reeded.
On the obverse, Susanna Blunt's portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right is shown. The Queen is depicted without her royal tiara, but wears a pearl necklace. "ELIZABETH II" curls along the top of the design, while the bottom rim features the denomination "5 DOLLARS" and the year-date "2018." Like the reverse, the field exhibits a gorgeous radial line finish that doubles as a cutting-edge anti-counterfeiting measure, unique to the RCM.
While there are many options for silver bullion investors, and several different countries issue their own bullion coins, the Silver Maple Leaf distinguishes itself with its special security features, its classic design, and its long track record. Buy 2018 1 oz Silver Maple Leafs from Gainesville Coins for a great way to include .9999 fine silver in your portfolio.