The Royal Canadian Mint is synonymous with Canadian coinage, both circulating and collectible. Known for their constant innovation of minting techniques along with supremely high standards for quality, the Royal Canadian Mint is one of the most renowned Mints in the world. Releases from the Great White North are characterized by truly impressive metal content and intricate designs that keep collectors coming back for more. As a member of the British Commonwealth, most of the coins from the Royal Canadian Mint show portraits of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as she is the official Head of State of Canada. Known for its Gold and Silver Canadian Maple Leafs, the Mint regularly strikes coins on a wide variety of themes. These themes range from natural scenery and animals to sports and historic figures and events. No extensive coin collection should be without at least one issue from Canada and their premier Mint. Keep reading to learn more about this global numismatic giant and to add a little bit of the Great White North to your collection.
Perhaps the most recognizable releases from the Royal Canadian Mint is their Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion series, which are released every year. The Gold Maple Leaf was first struck in 1979 and is currently one of the leading gold bullion coins in the world. The Silver Maple Leaf followed in 1988.
As an innovator in numismatics, the Royal Canadian Mint puts the best technology has to offer into innovating their traditional coins series as well as generating new releases. Since 2014, both Gold and Silver Maple Leaf coins have had laser engraved micro-maple leaf additions added on their reverse. Radial lines were also added that make the coin series hard to counterfeit, ensuring the authenticity of the actual releases from the Mint. The Gold Maple Leaf was the first-ever gold bullion coin to achieve this purity level, but not until 1982 when the series transitioned from .999 fine gold to .9999 fine gold. The Royal Canadian Mint would go on to strike special edition Gold Maple Leafs with a record .99999 fine purity.
A Stunning Voyageurs Release
In 2017, The Royal Canadian Mint issued a one-ounce silver Voyageurs coin honoring the French Canadians who traveled by canoe peddling furs over long distances. The following year, the mint released a lesser known 1 kg piece that is even more stunning. Mintage of the antiqued coin, which was the first-ever concave oval issue from the mint, was capped at just 400 pieces. This exclusive issue is available at GovMint.com, but only for customers who call-in to place their orders.