Canadian Gold Maple Leafs
Canada’s 2015 1-ounce gold Maple Leaf features a security device visible on the lower right reverse under the leaf. The device is a textured maple leaf that is micro-engraved onto the die. In the center of this device is the number “15,” (for the year 2015), visible only under strong magnification.
The Canadian Maple Leaf gold bullion coin continues it tradition as one of the most recognized and competitively priced gold coins available. The Maple Leaf was the world’s first pure gold bullion coin when it was introduced in 1979. Stuck at the Royal Canadian Mint in 99.99% pure gold, today the gold Maple Leaf, along with the Maples in platinum and silver, are recognized and traded the world over.
Canada’s gold Maple Leafs are popular the world over, particularly in India and the Far East where pure gold is the most accepted and familiar form of gold bullion, even in small weights. Gold Maples are also a favorite with jewelers everywhere, because pure gold bullion is easily alloyed to produce the desired color and hardness.
Canadian gold Maple Leafs were first produced in 1979, during one of the wildest years in gold trading of the 20th Century (see Charts section, and notice 1979 gold prices spike from $220 to over $600 during 1979). At that time, the only one ounce gold bullion coin available was the Krugerrand, struck in South Africa in the traditional 22-karat gold purity typical of coinage throughout history.
Canadian Maple Leafs pioneered the concept of gold coins without alloy – just a round disc of 99.9% pure gold that doesn’t need the strengthening of an alloy, because the coin will never circulate or be handled. It was an immediate success, and by the early 1980’s was actually outselling the Krugerrand, which had been the only one ounce gold bullion coin available since its debut in 1967.
We sell mint condition one ounce gold Maples in the tubes of ten coins as issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. The fractional size Maples come individually sealed in plastic sheets, and therefore they unfortunately take up a lot of space per ounce of gold.
|Specifications Canada Gold Maples|
|Face Value||Gold Oz||Weight Oz||Weight Grams||Diameter mm||Thickness mm||Gold Fineness|
|1 oz. Maple Leaf||C$ 50||1.0000||1.0000||31.1030||30.0||2.80||999.9|
|1/2 oz.||C$ 20||0.5000||0.5000||15.5515||25.0||2.23||999.9|
|1/4 oz.||C$ 10||0.2500||0.2500||7.7758||20.0||1.70||999.9|
|1/10 oz.||C$ 5||0.1000||0.1000||3.1103||16.0||1.22||999.9|