The World Famous Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin The Silver Canadian Maple Leaf is one of the most popular silver coins in the world. The coin is minted in Canada and is the official silver coin of Canada. It has been in production since 1988 under the supervision of the Royal Canadian Mint, introduced nine years after the release of its counterpart, the Gold Canadian Maple Leaf.
There are two Royal Canadian Mint locations: Winnipeg and Ottawa. Winnipeg is responsible for producing all of Canada’s high volume coins, including currency coins, while Ottawa is responsible for producing gold coins, collector coins, and medallions. A Long History of Minting Silver Coins The first government produced silver currency manufactured in Canada occurred in 1908 and prior to World War I it had a silver composition of ninety-two percent. The composition changed to around eighty percent once the war began and the demand for silver increased making it difficult for the Royal Canadian Mint to come up with enough silver to produce the coins with a ninety-two percent purity. Trading prices today for an early five-cent piece can fetch as much as two thousand dollars depending on the coins mintage and condition.
The Royal Canadian Mint produced another silver coin during that same time period, the fifty-cent piece. The fifty-cent piece had the same silver composition, both pre and post WWI, as the five-cent piece. The fifty-cent piece appraises for over double of what its five-cent counterpart appraises for. An uncirculated fifty-cent piece that is in pristine condition is valued today at five thousand dollars. You can fetch one thousand dollars from a circulated coin in mint condition. Here is a little more information on the History of the Royal Canadian Mint.
The Silver Maple Leaf set records in 2010 with almost 17.8 million coins minted. This is a momentous increase over 2009’s production of just 9.7 million coins. The increased production reflects the level of demand these coins have. To put this in perspective, the U.S. Mint produced 34.7 million Silver American Eagle coins in 2010, about twice as many than the Silver Maple Leaf, however the U.S. has a much larger population than Canada.
Coin Design and Specifications: The Silver Maple Leaf has a face value of $5 Canadian dollars, the highest face value of any 1 oz. bullion coin. The silver content is rated 99.99% pure which is higher than the US Silver Eagle.
The obverse (front side) of the coin represents the image of Queen Elizabeth in three different versions: youthful, mature, and as a senior. In comparison, the Gold Maple Leaf depicts her aging every year. The mint date (year of issue) and the face value are contained on the obverse as well.
The reverse of the coin shows the celebrated maple leaf, which is the national symbol of Canada. This side also contains the words “Fine Silver 1oz Argent Pur, 9999” (for purity) and “Canada” across the top.
There are many reasons why people choose silver for investment purposes, two of which are, they offer high returns and stability. Because silver is a commodity, world events, market factors, and inflation have less of an effect on the metal.
Most financial advisors recommend having precious metals in their investment portfolio, in fact many financial portfolio managers encourage allocating at least 10 to 30 percent of assets into precious metals.
Those that desire to build a strong precious metals portfolio sometimes fail to recognize the opportunity that silver can provide. Silver offers a great investment opportunity due to its affordability over gold and like gold it offers a hedge against inflation.
Silver makes a great investment for several reasons. Due to the fact that there is a finite amount of silver in existence it is not subject to inflation. Unlike printed money it is fairly uncommon for the market to be flooded with the metal since you can’t print it whenever you need or want it and you can’t create silver either.
Silver has performed well and when the dollar weakens the value of silver rises and it is projected to continue on this same path. Also because silver is used in several industries for its conductivity it is always going to be in demand.
A popular way silver is available for purchase is in the form of bullion coins. ITM offers some of the world’s most popular silver bullion coins include the American Silver Eagle and Canadian Maple Leaf. Many people new to purchasing silver wonder how to go about buying silver and how to go about including it into their portfolio. Before jumping in feet first with spending thousands of dollars on silver, it is wise to consider the different forms of silver that can be purchased. Silver can be purchased in the form of bullion bars, coins, and pieces of jewelry. However not all of them have the same potential for maximizing financial gains. There are many factors that point to bullion coins being the way to go.
Bullion coins receive their value based on the metal content and the corresponding market price of the metal. The majority of bullion coins are 99.9 percent pure. An investor can estimate the value their coin collection by noting the market price of silver and multiplying it by the amount owned. Purchasing silver bullion coins are a popular investment decision because they are massed produced in a standard format. Many owners believe that bullion coins are easier to store than bars. Silver bullion coins are highly liquid and can be bought and sold fairly easy. It is believed that silver bullion coins may someday be used again as legal tender as well as for bartering, if there were an economic collapse. These coins make great bartering tools because of their set purity, weight, recognizable design and they can be transported easily.
Silver Maple Leaf coins can be purchased individually, in sealed monster boxes of 500 coins, or in rolls of 25 coins. These silver bullion coins are tangible assets that stand the test of time. They are available in affordable 1 oz coins to meet any person’s budget. If you have any question about the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coins or any of our gold and silver products please don’t hesitate to give us a call Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm Arizona time.