Canadian Silver Maple Leaf

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Silver Maple Leaf
Canada
Value 5.00 Canadian dollars(face value)
Mass 31.103 g (1.00 troy oz)
Diameter 37.97 mm (1.4948 in)
Thickness 3.29 mm (0.1295 in)
Edge Serrated
Composition 99.99% Ag
Years of minting 1988-present
Obverse
Design Queen Elizabeth II
Designer Susanna Blunt
Design date 2003
Reverse
Design Maple Leaf
Designer RCM engravers
Design date 1988
Maple Leaf 2013, 1 oz

The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is a silver bullion coin issued annually by the government of Canada. The coin has been minted by the Royal Canadian Mint (R.C.M.) since 1988.

The face value of the coin is 5 Canadian Dollars.
The market value of the coin varies, depending on the 'spot price' of Silver (plus a small premium).

A common blemish that many Canadian Silver Maple Leaves carry is the "Milk Spot." It is a baked-in blemish that has a milky white appearance. This happens when a cleaning detergent is left on the coin when the coin goes into the annealing furnace. The detergent gets baked into the coin itself and leaves a spot that cannot be removed easily.[1]

The coin always features a maple leaf and generally consists of 1 troy ounce (31.1 g) of silver. Annual variations for the coin in past have included proof releases (1989 only), privy marks, a coloured maple leaf (with a design different from the regular maple leaf), holographic enhancements and several differing designs, such as a 2009 issue commemorating the 2010 Winter Olympics.

The one universal element in all silver maple leaf coins is the phrase "Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur" along the bottom of the reverse of the coin.

Several notable issues have been released over the life of the series. A single-issue 10 oz version was produced in 1998 to mark the 10th anniversary of the coin series. In 1999, many but not all Silver Maple Leaf coins that were issued came with a privy mark to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the RCM Maple Leaf Program. The following year, the coins featured a Privy Mark with Fireworks and the number 2000. Another Silver Maple Leaf was issued to commemorate the Millennium. The coins were double dated 1999 and 2000.[2]

Silver Maple Leafs differ from their Canadian Gold and Platinum Maple Leaf counterparts in that collector demand generates prices well above and beyond bullion value. In particular, the 1996 and 1997 versions fetched very high prices due to limited mintages (for example, in 1997 just under 101,000 Maple Leafs were minted, in comparison with more than 1.2 million minted in 1999 and the record 17.8 million minted for 2010).[2]

Some of the privy marked Maple Leafs were available only in Europe.[citation needed] In 2005, the Liberation of the Netherlands triple privy silver Maple Leaf, the rarest of all the silver Maple Leaf coins was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint for the Royal Dutch Mint. The first coin produced by the facility, graded SP70 on the Sheldon scale, was to be presented to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands. For the first time in 2009, the Silver Maple Leaf coins were not packaged in Mylar by the Royal Canadian Mint. Due to the high demand, the Silver Maple Leaf was packaged in tubes of 25.[3]

With the 2014 version, new security features were introduced: complex radial lines and a micro-engraved laser mark.

Obverse: The profile of Queen Elizabeth II. There are three different versions, a young head version, an old head version, and an older head version. The year of issue and the face value of 5 dollars is also displayed on this side.

Reverse: Picture of a maple leaf. On some variations there are also a small privy mark on the lower half of the coin or colour enhancement.

Bulk Uncirculated Coins[edit]

Year Mintage
1988 1,155,931
1989 3,332,200
1990 1,708,800
1991 644,300
1992 343,800
1993 1,133,900
1994 889,946
1995 326,244
1996 250,445
1997 100,970
1998 591,359
1999 1,229,442
1999-2000 Dual dated 300,000
2000 Fireworks Privy 403,652
2001 398,563
2002 576,196
2003 684,750
2004 680,925
2005 955,694
2006 2,464,727[4]
2007 3,526,052[5]
2008 7,909,161[6]
2009 9,727,592[7]
2010 17,799,992[8]
2011 23,129,966[9]
2012 18,132,297
2013 28,200,000
2014 N/A

Special Edition Coins[edit]

Silver Maple Leaf[edit]

Colored Silver Maple Leaf[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price
2001 Autumn (Autumn Red) [10] Debbie Adams 49,709 $34.95
2002 Spring (Summer Green) [10] N/A 29,509 $34.95
2003 Summer (Sugar Maple) [10] Stan Written 29,416 $34.95
2004 Winter (Red Maple) [10] Stan Written 26,848 $39.95
2005 Big leaf Maple Stan Written 27,000 $39.95
2006 Silver Maple Stan Written 20,000 $45.95
2007 Sugar Maple Stan Written 20,000 $49.95

Hologram Silver Maple Leaf[edit]

Year Theme Artist Mintage Issue Price Special Notes
2001 Maple of Good Fortune [11] N/A 29,817 $59.99 First coin in Chinese hologram series
2002 15th Anniversary of the One Dollar Loon Royal Canadian Mint Staff 29,970 $39.95 $5 Loon
2003 15th Anniversary of the Silver Maple Leaf RCM Staff 28,947 $149.95 5 Coin Set – 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz
2003 Maple of Good Fortune [11] N/A 29,731 $39.99 Second coin in Chinese hologram series
2005 Maple of Hope [11] Toan Nguyen 19,888 $39.95 Third coin in Chinese hologram series
2007 Blessings of Long Life Jianping Yuan 15,000 N/A Not 1 oz, but is still pure silver
2009 Maple of Wisdom Simon example 14888 $88.88 Sterling silver, coin is not a true Silver Maple Leaf
2010 Maple of Strength Simon example 8888 $88.88 Sterling silver, coin is not a true Silver Maple Leaf
2011 Maple of Happiness Simon example 8888 $98.88 Return to 1 oz pure silver, is a true Silver Maple Leaf
2012 Maple of Good Fortune Three Degrees Creative Group 8888 $98.88 1 oz pure silver. A true Silver Maple Leaf
2013 Maple of Peace Simon example 8888 $98.88 1 oz pure silver. A true Silver Maple Leaf
2014 Maple of Longevity Simon example 8888 $98.88 1 oz pure silver. Sixth coin in the renowned series. Face value $15.

Olympic Maple Leaf[edit]

Year Theme Mintage
2008 Inukshuk 937,839
2009 Thunderbird 569,048
2010 Ice Hockey 79,278
2010 Ice Hockey, gold plated in box 10,000

1998-2009 Zodiac Privy Mark Silver Maple Leaf[edit]

Year Privy Mark Artist Mintage Issue Price Special Notes
1998 Year of the Tiger [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A 1st coin in Chinese zodiac series
1999 Year of the Rabbit [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A 2nd coin in Chinese zodiac series
2000 Year of the Dragon [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A 3rd coin in Chinese zodiac series
2001 Year of the Snake [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A 4th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2002 Year of the Horse [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A 5th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2003 Year of the Goat [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A 6th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2004 Year of the Monkey [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A 7th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2005 Year of the Rooster [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 15,000 N/A 8th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2006 Year of the Dog Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 10,000 N/A 9th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2007 Year of the Pig Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 8,000 N/A 10th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2008 Year of the Rat N/A 8,000 N/A 11th coin in Chinese zodiac series
2009 Year of the Ox N/A 8,000 N/A 12th coin in Chinese zodiac series

2012-Present Zodiac Privy Mark Silver Maple Leaf[edit]

Year Privy Mark Artist Mintage Issue Price Special Notes
2012 Year of the Dragon N/A 25,000 N/A released by APEX.com
2013 Year of the Snake N/A 25,000 N/A made for Dillon Gage.
2014 Year of the Horse N/A 85,000 N/A made for Dillon Gage.

Special Edition Privy Mark Silver Maple Leaf[edit]

Year Privy Mark Artist Mintage Issue Price Special Notes
1998 90th Anniversary of the RCM [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 13,025 N/A Sold by RCM
1998 RCMP [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A Made for Canada Post to Commemorate the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
1998 Titanic [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 26,000 $29.95 Made for Dillon Gage
1999 - 2000 Fireworks Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 298,775 Bullion Value Dual Dated
2000 Fireworks Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 403,652 Bullion Value Regular bullion coin. There were no unprovided Silver Maple Leafs made in 2000
2000 Expo Hanover [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 25,000 N/A Only released in Europe. Included Certificate of Authenticity
2004 Alphonse Jardinieres [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 15,000 $39.95 Sold by La Cassie Jardinieres
2004 D-Day [12] Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 12,485 $39.95 Included Certificate of Authenticity
2005 Dutch Tulip Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 3,500 $45.95 Euros Made for Royal Dutch Mint to Commemorate the Liberation of the Netherlands
2005 Victory in Europe Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 7,000 $39.95 Sold in US by Jerry Morgan
2005 Victory in Japan Walter Ott, RCM Engravers 7,000 $39.95 Sold in US by Jerry Morgan
2009 London's Tower Bridge N/A 75,000 N/A released by WWW.CoinInvestDirect.com in Europe only
2009 Brandenburg Gate N/A 50,000 N/A released by WWW.CoinInvestDirect.com in Europe only
2012 Leaning Tower of Pisa N/A 50,000 N/A released by WWW.CoinInvestDirect.com in Europe only
2012 Titanic N/A 25,000 N/A released by APEX.com
2014 World Money Fair N/A 7,500 $79.95 Sold directly from the Royal Canadian Mint.

Fabulous Privy Marks[edit]

Year Privy Mark Artist Mintage Issue Price Special Notes
2007 F12 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 5,000 N/A First issue of the Fabulous series began as Fabulous 12
2008 F12 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 5,000 N/A Fabulous 12
2009 F12 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 5,000 N/A Fabulous 12
2010 F15 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 5,000 N/A Series switched to Fabulous 15 in 2010
2011 F15 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 5,000 N/A Fabulous 15
2012 F15 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 10,000 N/A Fabulous 15
2013 F15 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 10,000 $59.95 Fabulous 15
2014 F15 Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint engravers 10,000 N/A Fabulous 15

Privy Mark Sets[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price Description
2004 Privy Mark Set RCM Staff 25,000 $99.95 5 Coin Set – 1 oz, ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz. Each coin is privy marked with the RCM logo
2004 Zodiac Set RCM Staff 5,000 $368.88 12 coin set - each coin in the set carries one of the twelve signs of the Zodiac. Commissioned by Universal Coins from Ottawa, Canada

Anniversary Maple Leafs[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price Description
1998 10th Anniversary, Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint Engravers 13,533 $200.00 10 ounce coin
2003 15th Anniversary, Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint Engravers 28,947 $149.95 5 Coin Set – 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz; hologram design on reverse
2008 20th Anniversary, Silver Maple Leaf Royal Canadian Mint Engravers 10,000 $74.95 Features a gold plated Maple Leaf
2013 25th Anniversary, Silver Maple Leaf Arnold Nogy (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse) 9,999 $199.95 5 Coin Set – 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz
2013 25th Anniversary Silver Piedfort Jean-Louis Sirois(reverse) / Susanna Blunt(obverse) 10,000 $99.99 1 oz coin
2013 Canadian Maple Leaf 25th Anniversary Walter Ott 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin

Silver Maple Leaf Special Issues[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price Description
2004 Arctic Foxes Claude D'Angelo 13,694 $89.95 4 Coin Set – 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz
2005 Lynx Michael Dumas 15000 $89.95 4 Coin Set – 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz

Canadian Wildlife Series[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price Description
2011 Silver Timber Wolf William Woodruff 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin. The RCM did not issue any proof versions for this series
2011 Silver Grizzly William Woodruff 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin
2012 Silver Cougar William Woodruff 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin
2012 Silver Moose William Woodruff 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin
2013 Silver Pronghorn Antelope Emily S. Damstra 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin
2013 Silver Wood Bison Emily S. Damstra 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin

Birds of Prey Series[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price Description
2014 Silver Peregrine Falcon (proof) Emily S. Damstra 20,000 $89.95 1 oz coin. Proof frosted version sold directly from the RCM
2014 Silver Peregrine Falcon (bullion) Emily S. Damstra 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin. Regular bullion version
2014 Silver Bald Eagle (proof) Emily S. Damstra 7,500 $89.95 1 oz coin. Proof frosted version sold directly from the RCM
2014 Silver Bald Eagle (bullion) Emily S. Damstra 1,000,000 Bullion value 1 oz coin. Regular bullion version

Canadian Arctic series 1½ oz[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price Description
2013 Silver Polar Bear (proof) Germaine Arnaktauyok 17,500 $124.95 Proof version sold directly from the RCM. 1½ oz coin
2013 Silver Polar Bear (bullion) Germaine Arnaktauyok 500,000 Bullion value 1½ oz coin. Regular bullion version
2014 Silver Arctic Fox (proof) Maurice Gervais 7,500 $89.95 The proof version of this coin is bizarrely 1 oz and not 1½ oz
2014 Silver Arctic Fox (bullion) Maurice Gervais 500,000 Bullion value 1½ oz coin. Regular bullion version

Other Silver Maple Leaf Coins[edit]

Year Description Artist Mintage Issue Price Description
2004 Sambro Island Lighthouse Hedly Doty and William Woodruff 18,476 $69.95 1 oz coin
2005 Toronto Island Lighthouse Brian Hughes and William Woodruff 13,812 $69.95 N/A
2006 Silver Timber Wolf William Woodruff 106,800 Bullion value ½ oz coin
2010 Silver Piedfort Royal Canadian Mint Engravers 9,000 $79.99 1 oz coin
2014 Bullion Replica N/A 20,000 $79.95 2014 version of the original Silver Maple Leaf design

There are also special edition R.C.M. coins called the 'Maple Leaf Forever' series, with there being three maple leaf symbols on the reverse. The mint has minted 100,000 of this design in 1/2 oz .9999 fine silver coins and 200 strikes of the same design in a large 60mm diameter .9999 fine gold coin. Many other Royal Canadian Mint coins feature maple leaf symbols, such as the $20 for $20 series, the 'Piedfort Maple' series, the 5 oz silver 25th anniversary coins, 1 oz silver 25th anniversary coins with gold guild clad (an identical coin is minted in 1 oz of .9995 fine platinum) and fractional 25th anniversary coins in silver and gold.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.goldismoney2.com/showthread.php?2709-Royal-Canadian-Mint-s-official-position-on-quot-milk-spots-quot-on-silver-Maple-Leaf-coins
  2. ^ a b Charlton Standard of Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, p.434, W.K. Cross, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  3. ^ Canadian Coin News, Volume 47, Number 12, p. 1, Sept 29 to October 12, 2009
  4. ^ Royal Canadian Mint 2006 Annual Report page 45
  5. ^ Royal Canadian Mint 2007 Annual Report page 49
  6. ^ Royal Canadian Mint 2008 Annual Report page 56
  7. ^ Royal Canadian Mint 2009 Annual Report page 53
  8. ^ Royal Canadian Mint 2010 Annual Report page 84
  9. ^ Royal Canadian Mint 2011 Annual Report page 111
  10. ^ a b c d Charlton Standard of Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, p.454, W.K. Cross, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  11. ^ a b c Charlton Standard of Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, p.455, W.K. Cross, ISBN 0-88968-297-6
  12. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Charlton Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins, 60th Edition, p. 451, W.K. Cross, ISBN 0-88968-297-6

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