The Royal Canadian Mint issues the Silver Maple Leaf coin as part of its larger Canadian Maple Leaf Series. The Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is one of four official bullion coins from the Royal Canadian Mint, with the Gold Maple Leaf issued as of 1979 and the Platinum Maple Leaf and Palladium Maple Leaf issued after the Silver Maple Leaf’s debut. Today, 2003 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of protective plastic!
- Sixteenth issue year of the RCM’s Silver Maple Leaf coin!
- Mintage total of 684,750 coins in 2003!
- 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 depicts Queen Elizabeth II in a new right-profile portrait.
- Reverse captures the famed sugar maple leaf icon of Canada.
Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins rose in mintage for the second year in a row, which would prove to be the second of ten years of increasing mintage that hit a high in 2011 during the Great Recession and sky-high silver prices. As for the price of silver in 2003, the average throughout the year was up from 2002 to $4.88 per ounce. The high mark for silver in the year was nearly $6.00 per ounce, a high for recent years.
The mintage of 684,750 coins for the 2003 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coins was almost double the issue of just two years earlier, and up more than 100,000 coins from 2002. Production of the coins would continue to show strength over the next decade.
For the 2003 1 oz Silver Maple Leaf, a new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II began to appear on Canadian coins. The right-profile portrait from Susanna Blunt debuted in 2003 as a replacement for the third-generation effigy created by Dora de Pedery-Hunt. Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is just the second by a Canadian artist.
On the reverse of the Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is the design of the sugar maple leaf. It is featured in the center along with engravings of the nation of issue, purity, weight, and metal content of the coin. This was designed in 1979 by Walter Ott.
The obverse of all 2003 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf Coin bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is featured on this coin in a manner not seen on Canadian coins since her father, George VI’s portrait from 1937 to 1952. George VI, and now Elizabeth II, are shown without a crown on their head.
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