One of the most popular silver bullion coins in the world today is the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf. Part of a larger series of Canadian Maple Leaf coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, the official bullion coins of the nation of Canada come in gold, platinum, palladium, and these Silver Maple Leafs. Right now, 1988 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you housed in protective plastic!
- First-ever issue of the Silver Maple Leaf coins!
- Mintage total of 1,062,000 coins in 1988!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of $5 (CAD) backed by the federal government of Canada.
- Obverse depicts the second-generation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse includes the iconic design of the Canadian sugar maple leaf originally designed by Walter Ott.
Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins debuted from the Royal Canadian Mint in 1988. At this point in time the world only had the Silver Chinese Panda and Silver American Eagle as silver bullion coin options, and the Silver Panda was struck infrequently and only as a proof coin at this point. The Silver Maple Leaf joined the Silver Eagle as the world’s two preeminent silver coins for sale.
Mintage figures for the Silver Maple Leaf were similar to those of competing options like the Silver American Eagle throughout the 1980s and 1990s. However, just as the Silver Eagle took off in the mid-2000s, so too did the Silver Maple Leaf. Though it never reached the same highs as the Silver Eagle, the Silver Maple Leaf is no slouch.
These 1988 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coins from the first issue year debuted with a total mintage of 1,062,000. The following year would see the program set a high-water mark of 3.332 million coins that would not be surpassed until 2007.
On the obverse of all Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coins you’ll find Queen Elizabeth II. The 1988 coins feature the second-generation depiction of Queen Elizabeth II used on Canadian coins during her reign as Queen of England. Created in 1965 by Arnold Machin, this right-profile portrait captures the grace and elegance of a young Queen Elizabeth II with a shortened version of the original engraving “Dei Gratia Regina,” which on these coins reads simply “D.G. Regina.”
The reverse of the 1988 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf includes the sugar maple leaf image. This design first appeared on the Gold Maple Leaf in 1979 and was created by Walter Ott. Though Royal Canadian Mint engravers have updated it over the years, it still bears all the original hallmarks of Ott’s design.
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