In 1834, a French Canadian association founded to strengthen the linguistic and cultural heritage of Canada made the sugar maple leaf its emblem. This was the first of many steps toward the adoption of the maple leaf as a national symbol for Canada. Today it appears on the Silver Maple Leaf, the nation’s official bullion coin. Today, 1999 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you packaged inside of protective plastic!
- Twelfth year of availability for Silver Maple Leaf coins!
- Mintage total of 1,229,442 coins in 1999!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Face value of $5 (CAD) is fully backed by the Canadian government.
- Obverse bears the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse features an image of the sugar maple leaf.
The designs of the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coin reflect the important images of the Canadian nation. All Canadian currency features the effigy of the ruling monarch of England, which in the modern era has seen Queen Elizabeth II rule as the longest-reigning monarch in British history. Her effigy appears on all modern Canadian coins and has since 1953.
For the other design of these particular Canadian silver coins for sale, the national emblem of a sugar maple leaf appears. Following the 1834 use of a sugar maple leaf as the emblem of the St. Jean Baptiste Society, the first mayor of Montreal described the maple leaf as “a symbol of the Canadian people.” Its use today ranges from sports teams and Canadian organizations to the national shield.
In the release of the 1999 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf, the Royal Canadian Mint saw its highest mintage figure since 1993, and the second highest of the 1990s. Only the 1990 coin had a higher mintage at 1.708 million coins. Though the next year would bring a retreat, the future of the Silver Maple Leaf would trend upwards throughout the 2000s.
The reverse of the 1999 Silver Maple Leaf includes Walter Ott’s famous sugar maple leaf design. The leaf is surrounded on this face by engravings of the nation of issue, purity, metal content, and weight of the coin.
On the obverse is the third-generation effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This is the third right-profile portrait of Her Majesty on Canadian coins and was the first to be designed by a Canadian artist. It features on Silver Maple Leaf coins issued between 1990 and 2002.
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