Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins are viewed as a must-have product for investors and collectors around the globe. Bearing the images of the nation’s official emblem, the sugar maple leaf, and the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins are representative of the nation itself. Today, the 1/2 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin is available on Silver.com from various years of issue.
- Ships in an individual plastic flip to protect the coin’s condition.
- Official gold bullion coin of Canada.
- Available since 1986.
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Face value of $20 (CAD) is fully backed by the government of Canada.
- Reverse features the sugar maple leaf designs.
- Obverse includes Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait.
The 1/2 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin was introduced in 1986 during the second round of expansion in the Gold Canadian Maple Leaf series. While all 1/2 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins share the same basic designs, with the sugar maple leaf on the reverse and Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on the obverse.
However, 1986 to 1989 coins feature a right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II at the age of 39. Starting in 1990, a new design of Her Majesty was rolled out that included a portrait of the Queen at the age of 64. Since 2004, the obverse of the coins have featured the Queen of England at the age of 79, and was created by Susanna Blunt.
On the obverse of the 1/2 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Engravings on this face surrounding Her Majesty include the words “Elizabeth II” above her image and “20 Dollars” below, along with the year of issue for the coin.
The reverse side of all Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins focuses on the sugar maple leaf. The leaf design itself has not changed over time, but in 2013 the Royal Canadian Mint introduced a micro-laser engraved textured maple leaf to combat counterfeiting, and increased security with radial lines in 2015.
All 1/2 oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins listed here are available from varied years of issue. With coins available from 1986 to 2016, the only determining factor in the date mark you receive is availability at the time of purchase.
The Royal Canadian Mint is headquartered in Ottawa, where its original facility was opened in 1908. Facing production shortfalls and turning to the US Mint to produce circulation currency, the Royal Canadian Mint expanded in 1980 with a Winnipeg facility.
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