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Year after year, the Canadian silver maple leaf 1 oz coin has been a global favorite. It’s not just the “four nine fine” (0.9999 pure) silver. It’s not just the classic design. It’s more than the special coating that prevents unattractive milk spots from developing. The advanced anti-counterfeiting technologies embedded in every single coin help, sure.
What people love about the Canadian maple leaf silver bullion coin is that all these incredible features are packed into every single maple leaf from the Royal Canadian Mint. The RCM’s craftsmanship is on full display on these 2022 maple leaves, fresh from the mint (not quite still warm from the press, but close!)
Let’s take a closer look.
Yes, it’s Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This particular portrait by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt shows a mature, regal Queen at the age of 79. She’s wearing a simple dress, along with a pearl necklace and matching earrings. Blunt’s powerful portrait shows the Queen as a powerful, decisive woman in charge. Clearly this woman does not rely on a crown or elaborate jewelry to get the job done!
At the top, we see “ELIZABETH II” near the coin’s edge. The bottom bears the silver maple leaf’s face value of $5 Canadian and the year of minting, 2022.
And now, a word about the background… You’ll note that exceedingly few coins have the same level of precision microengraving as the lines radiating from Her Majesty’s portrait all the way to the edge of the coin. These don’t just look fancy – they’re a surprisingly effective anti-counterfeiting technique. The RCM pioneered the technique of making silver and gold bullion coins so breathtakingly detailed that even the most motivated and talented counterfeiter is left frustrated, tears in their eyes, swearing at the RCM’s engravers.
They’re really that good. The lovely and highly-effective anti-counterfeiting pattern of tiny radial lines repeats on the reverse.
If you’ve never held a modern silver maple leaf in your hand and put your reading glasses on to really study it, it’s hard to communicate just how precise and elegant the design looks in-person. We’ve spent a little too much time staring at these coins, tilting them by the window to watch the sunlight play over the design. So here’s our best description…
Walter Ott’s sugar maple leaf design looks like it grew on a tree. It’s so incredibly detailed, so true-to-life you’d almost swear Canada is covered with forests of silver maples.
The reverse reads CANADA along the top edge, the fineness expressed as “9999” on right and left, and along the bottom half, “FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR” (a nod to the French-speaking Québecois). You’ll also note a tiny maple leaf engraved beneath the larger one. If you were to look at it under a microscope, you’d be able to see the tiny maple leaf bears the number “22” inside – referring to the year of mintage, and yet another advanced engraving technique that makes counterfeiters cry.
When you consider the Royal Canadian Mint has been refining and minting their own metals for over 100 years, you start to get an idea of just how much experience and knowledge stands behind the silver maple leaf. (If we weren’t afraid of sounding unpatriotic, we might actually say the silver maple leaf is the world’s best silver bullion coin.)
Word to the wise: Don’t miss out! Canadian silver maple leaf coins are some of our absolute top sellers, and we don’t expect we’ll have them long. Avoid regret and buy them while you can!
The 2022 Canadian silver maple leaf coin’s key attributes:
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