Today, the maple leaf is known as an enduring symbol of the nation of Canada. Representative of the bountiful natural harvests of the nation and the spirit of its people, the maple leaf’s history as a symbol for Canada dates all the way back to the 18th century. The 2017 2 oz Proof Silver Canadian Canada 150th Iconic Maple Leaf coin is now available for purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a maroon clamshell with black beauty box.
- Celebrates the 150th anniversary of Canadian federation!
- Mintage limited to 6,000 coins only!
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .9999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $10 (CAD) by the Canadian government.
- Sugar maple leaf design with 150th engraving on reverse.
- Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on the obverse.
At the start of the 18th century, the settles of New France (modern Canada) had a population of roughly 18,000 people. These early settlers of the North American continent adopted the maple leaf as an emblem of their status as French Canadians, with its use largely confined at the time to the regions along the Saint Lawrence River.
The very first mayor of Montreal, Jacques Viger, described the maple tree as the “king of our forest, the symbol of the Canadian people.” Over the next 200 years it was incorporated into the coat of arms and flags of individual provinces, and by the 20th century had become a symbol for the whole nation, appearing on the badges of Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War I and the sun helmets of Canadian soldiers as early as the Second Boer War of the 1800s.
For the 150th anniversary of Canada’s federation and independence from British control, the Royal Canadian Mint has micro-laser engraved the number “150” in a recurring pattern on the background field of the coin’s obverse and reverse side. The maple leaf shape on the reverse forms a light-refracting patter that enhances the visual beauty and shine of these coins.
On the reverse of the 2017 2 oz Proof Silver Canadian Canada 150 Iconic Maple Leaf coin you’ll find that familiar sugar maple leaf design on all Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins. The tiny engravings of 150 are visible, appearing almost as recurring dots rather than actual text across the background field.
The obverse of all these coins includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty always appears on Canadian coinage, with this latest design coming from Susanna Blunt in 2003 and in use on most coin programs dating to the 2004 issue year.
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