New Issue: RCM launches Silver Maple Leaf ‘light bulb’ privy-marked bullion coin with ‘Mintshield’ technology

To highlight Canada’s influence in the invention of the incandescent lightbulb as well as Thomas Edison’s successful commercialization of a technology that forever changed the world, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a new privy-marked Silver Maple Leaf (SML) bullion coin.

Limited to a worldwide mintage of 50,000 pieces, this unique one-ounce 99.99 per cent pure silver coin is now available through official distributor Manfra, Tordella and Brookes (MTB).

This new silver bullion coin also features “Mintshield” surface protection, a breakthrough innovation against white spotting that made its debut on the 2018 SML.

The right-facing effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is depicted on the obverse (shown above) of the newly issued coin.


The coin’s reverse features the classic sugar maple design in a reverse Proof finish, which has become the signature of the Mint’s maple leaf family of bullion coins. Beneath this iconic emblem is a privy mark illustrating the design of the first commercial lightbulb, which was introduced to the world in the 1880’s by Thomas Edison, who was inspired by the pioneering research of Canadians Henry Woodward and Mathew Evans.

The obverse of this coin features the right-facing effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003.

In keeping with a distribution model common to the world’s major issuers of bullion coins, the Mint does not sell bullion directly to the public. Interested buyers are encouraged to contact a reputable bullion dealer to order Mint bullion coins.

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