Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coins


The Royal Canadian Mint started producing Gold Maple Leaf coins in 1979, making the coins one of the older currently produced bullion coins. Since 1982, Canadian Gold Maple Leafs consist of 99.99% pure gold. The coins are available with brilliant uncirculated and proof finishes. Canadian Gold Maple Leafs count among the most popular gold bullion coins worldwide.

Design

As the name implies, the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins feature an intricately etched Maple Leaf on their reverse side. “CANADA” is inscribed above the leaf and the coin's denomination and gold purity appear on the reverse as well. Since 2013, the reverse of 1 oz coins also contains a textured maple leaf design that has the last two digits of the year of mintage laser-engraved on it as a security feature that is meant to prevent counterfeiting. Radial lines engraved with micro precision on the surface of the coin are another security feature.

The obverse side of the Canadian Maple Leafs features a portrait of the British monarch Queen Elizabeth II. When the Gold Maple Leaf was first issued, the Queen was depicted as a 39-year-old. In 1990, the portrait was changed to that of the 64-year-old Queen and in 2005 to the current design that depicts the 79-year-old Queen Elizabeth II. "ELIZABETH II" is inscribed above her image and the coin's face value and year of mintage are inscribed below.

obverse side of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
1 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf (obverse).

Gold Purity: 99.99%

Weight Face Value Diameter x Thickness
1 oz CAD $ 50 30 x 2.8 mm
1/2 oz CAD $ 20 25 x 2.23 mm
1/4 oz CAD $ 10 20 x 1.7 mm
1/10 oz CAD $ 5 16 x 1.22 mm
1/15 oz CAD $ 2 15 x 0.98 mm
1/20 oz CAD $ 1 13.9 x 0.92 mm
1/25 oz CAD $ 0.5 13.92 x ? mm
1 gram CAD $ 0.5 8 mm diameter

Gold Purity: 99.999%

1 oz CAD $ 200 30 x 2.8 mm
100 kg CAD $ 1 million 50 x 3 cm

reverse side of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
1 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf (reverse).

History

Production of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins started in 1979. Until 1982, only the 1 oz coin was being issued out of 99.9% gold. In November 1982, the gold content was raised to 99.99%. Therefore, 1982 Gold Maple Leafs exist with both 99.9% as well as 99.99% gold purity. The 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz coins were added to the series that same year. The 1/2 oz coin was added to the series in 1986, the 1/20 oz coin in 1993 and the 1 gram coin in 2014. Only in 1994 were 1/15 oz coins produced as well (mintage: 5,446 coins).

The original design of the coin's obverse side featured a portrait of the 39-year-old Queen Elizabeth II. In 1990, the portrait was changed to that of the 64-year-old Queen and in 2005 to the current design that depicts the 79-year-old Queen Elizabeth II.

Mintages

Mintage figures for the 1 oz coin vary between 86.375 coins (2000) and 1.747.500 coins (1985). Besides the year 2000, annual mintage was lowest in the years 1994 (180.357 coins), 1996 (143.682 coins), 2001 (138.878 coins), 2003 (194.631 coins) and 2007 (189.462 coins).

The lowest annual mintage for fractional coins were the 3,890 coins of 1/20 oz that were produced in 2003. Only in 1994 were 5,446 coins of 1/15 oz minted.

Click here to see a table with detailed mintage numbers.

Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins

The Canadian Maple Leaf coins are also produced out of silver since 1988. The 99.99% fine 1 oz silver coins (face value CAD $ 5) are larger (38 mm) and thicker (3.29 mm) than the 1 oz gold coins.

reverse side of the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin
obverse side of the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin

Silver Maple Leaf

reverse side of the Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf coin
obverse side of the Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf coin

Platinum Maple Leaf

reverse side of the Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf coin
obverse side of the Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf coin

Palladium Maple Leaf

Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf Coins

The 99.95% fine Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf coins were produced from 1988 - 1999 and in 2002 in denominations of 1 oz (face value CAD $ 50), 1/2 oz (face value CAD $ 20), 1/4 oz (face value CAD $ 10), 1/10 oz (face value CAD $ 5) and 1/20 oz (since 1993, face value CAD $ 1). Only in 1994 was a 1/15 oz coin (face value CAD $ 2) produced as well. The Canadian Platinum Maple Leafs made a comeback in 2009 but are since then only produced in the 1 oz denomination. They were the world's best selling platinum coins in 2012.

Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf Coins

The 99.95% fine 1 oz Canadian Palladium Maple Leafs (face value CAD $ 50) were only minted in 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2015.

Special Editions

Special Edition 1 oz Gold Maple Leaf coins with a face value of CAD $ 200 and 99.999% gold purity were produced in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012.

A limited number of 99.999% pure 100 kg Gold Maple Leaf coins with a face value of 1 million Canadian Dollars (and a gold value then exceeding CAD $ 2 million) were produced in 2007.

1 kg Hologram Gold Maple Leaf coin
1 kg Hologram Gold Maple Leaf coin.
the 100 kg Gold Maple Leaf coin
the 100 kg Gold Maple Leaf coin (reverse).
2015 coloured Gold Maple Leaf coin
2015 coloured Gold Maple Leaf coin.

The Royal Canadian Mint started producing coloured Gold Maple Leafs in 1999. Hologram Gold Maple Leafs were first produced in 1999 as well.

Various special editions of Canadian Gold Maple Leafs were also produced in anniversary years, for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, for special exhibitions and fairs and other special causes.

Special Sets

Maple Leaf Bimetallic Set 2004
2004 6-Coin bimetallic Gold Maple Leaf Set

total gold weight: 1.94 oz

This set was issued in 2004 in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Gold Maple Leaf. It includes the 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz and 1/25 oz (for the very first time) coins. Each full-weight gold coin is set inside a silver ring (99.99% fine silver). The coins are double dated 1979-2004.

Gold Maple Leaf Viking Heritage Set 2001
2001 5-Coin Gold Maple Leaf Set with Viking Heritage privy mark

total gold weight: 1.9 oz

This set was issued in 2001 and includes the reverse proof Gold Maple Leafs in the denominations of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz. The unique feature of these 5 coins is the Viking Heritage privy mark (looks like a historic Viking longboat) that appears on the coins' reverse side.

10th Anniversary Maple Leaf Proof Set 1989
1989 10th Anniversary 4-Coin Gold Maple Leaf Proof Set

total gold weight: 1.85 oz

This set was issued in 1989 in order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Maple Leaf coin series. It includes the proof Gold Maple Leafs in the denominations of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz. The set is packaged in a beautiful wooden box and includes a certificate of authenticity.

gold vs. silver

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1 oz Gold Maple Leaf coin
reverse side of the 1 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
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reverse side of the 1/2 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
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reverse side of the 1/4 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
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1/10 oz Gold Maple Leaf coin
reverse side of the 1/10 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
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1/20 oz Gold Maple Leaf coin
reverse side of the 1/20 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin
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1 oz Silver Maple Leaf coin
reverse side of the 1 oz Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coin
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25 oz Silver Maple Leaf Roll
Roll containing 25 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coins of 1 oz each
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500 oz Silver Maple Leaf Box
Box containing 500 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coins of 1 oz each
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1 oz Platinum Maple Leaf coin
reverse side of the 1 oz Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf coin
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1 oz Palladium Maple Leaf coin
reverse side of the 1 oz Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf coin
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