Super Incuse Gold Maple Leaf
This previous article on this blog introduced the silver version of the super incuse Maple Leaf coins. This follow-up article now aims to introduce the super incuse Gold Maple Leaf coins which the Royal Canadian Mint has issued as well, albeit in much lower mintages than the super incuse silver coins.
On incused coins, the central design is sunk into the surface of the coin. Prior to the issue of the super incuse coins, the Royal Canadian Mint achieved an incuse depth of 0.3 mm. The new minting technology that was developed by the mint’s own Research and Development team has now made it possible to incuse the design much deeper into the surface of the coins. On the super incuse Gold Maple Leaf coins, the central maple leaf design has been incused to a depth of 1.5 mm!
The first 225 collectible gold coins of this type were issued in 2021 with a modified reverse proof finish in the single denomination of 2 oz. These super incuse Gold Maple Leaf coins were minted out of 99.99% pure gold just like the regular bullion version of the coins. The coins measure 36 mm in diameter and have an official face value of CAD $ 200. A special privy mark with the number 25 can be seen on the reverse side of this 2021 coin issue in honour of the 25th anniversary of the maple tree as Canada’s arboreal emblem. The following 2022 issue of the super incuse Gold Maple Leaf coins instead featured selective rose gold plating and a maple leaf background on both sides.
In the years from 2018 to 2020 before the first super incuse coins were released, the Royal Canadian Mint issued double-incuse 1 oz Gold Maple Leafs of 99.999% gold purity. These collectible coins measure 30 mm in diameter and have an official face value of CAD $ 200. The central design on these coins is incused 0.3 mm on both sides. The mintage of these coins was limited to 500 coins in 2018 and 350 coins in 2019 and 2020. The 2018 and 2019 double-incuse Gold Maple Leafs were issued with a reverse proof finish and edge lettering. Furthermore, the central maple leaf design on these coins was plated with platinum in 2018 and with pink gold in 2019. The final 2020 matte proof issue of double-incuse Gold Maple Leaf coins was plated with black rhodium on both sides.