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Purchasing Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Coins

There are few Gold coins more popular than the Gold Maple Leaf from the Royal Canadian Mint. Struck annually, the Gold Maple is produced on a grand scale by the Royal Canadian Mint. Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins are among the most secure bullion coins in the world. The Bullion DNA program offers the highest security on the market for any bullion coin. Each bullion coin features a textured maple leaf security privy mark, micro-engraved with laser technology, and is visible only under magnification. Etched within the maple leaf security mark are the two digits indicating the coin’s production year. Each micro-engraving is encoded, scanned, and recorded at the Mint for future authentication, giving each coin their unique Bullion DNA.

This process provides each Maple Leaf coin with the highest security for any coin in the marketplace. The Royal Canadian Mint’s unique Bullion DNA program authenticates Gold Maple Leaf coins dated 2015 and later. APMEX is a recognized Bullion DNA dealer for trusted Royal Canadian Mint products.

Background on the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf

In 1979, the Royal Canadian Mint began the production of Gold bullion, with $50-denomination Gold Maple Leaf one-ounce coins. They were .999 fine, guaranteed by the Government of Canada for weight and purity, and before long, they became one of the world’s most popular fine Gold coins. Since these Canadian Gold coins were introduced in 1979, they have been in high demand. These Canadian classics come in a variety of sizes, including 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz and 1 gram. Each coin is legal Canadian Gold tender guaranteed by the Government of Canada for its weight and purity. At up to .99999 fine Gold, Maple Leaf coins are sought after for their premium Gold content and beautiful design.

About the Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coins

The Gold Maple Leaf is the official bullion coin series of the Royal Canadian Mint and the Canadian nation. Introduced in 1979, these were the first coins in the world to rival the South African Krugerrand. The Gold Krugerrand had no competition concerning Gold coins struck strictly for investment purposes. The Gold Maple challenged the Krugerrand’s market dominance, followed by the American Gold Eagle in 1986.

Design of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf

The reverse of all Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins features the image of the iconic maple leaf. This has been the same image on these fine Gold coins since its introduction in 1979. It has been altered to add security measures, notably radial lines and a microscopic maple leaf privy featured in the Bullion DNA program.

The obverse of all Gold Canadian Maple Leaf coins features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. On the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, three different personifications of Her Majesty’s profile have graced the fine Gold coin. These include the following:

• 1979 to 1989 – The image of Queen Elizabeth II at 39 years of age.
• 1990 to 2004 – The image of Queen Elizabeth II at 64 years of age.
• 2005 to Current – The image of Queen Elizabeth II at 79 years of age.

MintDirect® Canadian Maple Leaf Coins

APMEX has created a process to guarantee these Gold Canadian Maple Leafs are direct from the Royal Canadian Mint to you. MintDirect® provides you the assurance that the mint package is unopened and unsorted, unsearched, and is exactly as it left the Mint.

APMEX uses a special machine to ensure the products you receive are completely sealed once they are removed directly from the mint boxes. The mint tubes are placed on a conveyor leading into the machine, and the sealing process seals both ends of each tube with tamper-evident packaging. If this tube has been opened in any way, you will know. After the process is completed, the tube is removed from the machine and then checked to ensure the quality of the packaging meets our exacting standards.

Once checked for quality, the MintDirect® tubes are stored back in the vault until our customers order them. By using this process, APMEX can guarantee the coins you receive are in exactly the same condition and packaging as they were when they left the Royal Canadian Mint.

The MintDirect® process provides you the assurance this product has not been opened, sorted, or searched. Learn more about MintDirect® products from APMEX.

History of the Royal Canadian Mint

On January 2, 1908, Governor General Earl Grey activated the press to strike the Dominion’s first domestically produced coin, a fifty-cent piece. The Ottawa branch of Britain’s Royal Mint was officially open for business. In 1931, the heritage building on Sussex Drive, the surrounding land, and the entire minting enterprise passed into Canadian hands, making the Mint a wholly Canadian institution.

The creation of the Royal Mint coincided with an era of flourishing Gold production in the Yukon and British Columbia. A refinery was needed to perform the intricate work of bringing rough Gold up to coinage standards. The Canadian Mint’s original refinery was completed in 1911. It rendered distinguished service to the British Empire throughout the Great War, producing the vast quantities of Gold bars with which Britain paid its debts to other countries.

A new refinery facility, designed to meet any possible demand for many years to come, was built in 1936 to refine Gold for mines and central banks throughout the world. Still in operation today, the refinery has produced .9999 fine Gold bars since 1969. In 1982, it became the world’s first refinery to manufacture .9999 fine Gold bullion coins. Then in 1999, the Mint excelled again by being the first to achieve .99999 fine Gold purity.

The Royal Canadian Mint’s magnificent history reached a new height in 2007 with the Guinness World Records certification of the largest coin in the world: the 100 kilo, .99999 fine $1 million Gold bullion coin.

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