Quick Facts about the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coin
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Quick Facts About Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coins

Published January 12, 2010

The Canadian Maple Leaf coins are some of the most popular bullion coins in theworld. These coins have gained an outstanding reputation due to their exceptionalpurity and exquisite design. Therefore the coins make an excellent choice not onlyfor coin collectors, but also for investors. In particular, silver Maple Leaf coinsenjoy widespread admiration in the numismatic community.

    ### Advantages of the Silver Maple Leaf ###

The Royal Canadian Mint has produced silver Maple Leaf coins every year since 1988. The coins’ market value oftenfar exceeds its face value of $5; some years, the coin is valued at quadruple theminted price. The high demand for silver coins drives premiums much higher thanthose of both gold and platinum Canadian Maple Leafs. Although all Maple Leaf coins,are high quality, the silver coins are unique in the international silver coin market:

            * The global standard for silver coins is 99.9% purity. Silver Canadian Maple Leaf

coins are 99.99% pure, making them the purest coins issued by any government mint. * The coins are minted in limited numbers, increasing desirability among collectors. * Canadian Maple Leaf coins feature beautifully crafted designs. Updated periodically,the coins’ variety makes them even more collectible.

    ### Design of the Canadian Maple Leaf ###

The obverse of the Canadian Maple Leaf features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, in homageto Canada’s colonial tie to Britain. Three portrait designs have been used, eachrepresenting a different period in the monarch’s lifetime. From time to time theRoyal Canadian Mint incorporates special enhancements such as colorization or holographiceffects on the coin’s reverse. These designs generally commemorate historical milestonesor special events.

            * In 1989, the Royal Canadian Mint issued silver Canadian Maple Leaf proof coins.            * To commemorate the tenth anniversary of the coin’s release in 1998, the Mint released

a special 10-oz Canadian Maple Leaf coin. * The following year a privy mark coin was issued to commemorate the 20-year anniversaryof the Royal Canadian Mint’s Maple Leaf Program. * In 2000, the privy mark coin featured fireworks. * The mint issued a double-dated coin in honor of the millennium. The coin’s reverseread 1999-2000. * This year the Royal Canadian Mint issued a silver coin celebrating the 2010 WinterOlympics.

Since the coin’s production began, the silver Canadian Maple Leaf has grownincreasingly popular. In 2009 the Royal Canadian Mint packed the coins in tubesof 25, rather than individually packing them in Mylar. The Mint made this decisionbased on the incredible demand for bulk supplies of the coins.

The appeal of the silver Maple Leaf coin is sure to grow with time. For investorsand collectors alike, the silver Canadian Maple Leaf offers an excellent opportunityto own a beautiful and valuable numismatic masterpiece.

            *This information is provided for general reference purposes and does not constitute

professional advice. For detailed coin collecting or investing information, pleaseconsult with a professional expert.*

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