RCM issues new ‘Gold Maple Leaf’ to mark coin’s 40th anniversary

A special 40th-anniversary edition of the Royal Canadian Mint’sGold Maple Leaf” was launched by the Crown corporation today at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany.

What began in 1979 as a test for transforming Canadian gold into investment coins has now sold nearly 30 million ounces to date. The Mint announced it will start shipping this limited-edition one-ounce 99.99 per cent pure gold coin to official bullion distributors this month.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is extremely proud to have distinguished itself as a global market leader by consistently raising the bar on the purity and security of its Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin,” said Jennifer Camelon, who’s the Mint’s interim president and CEO. “Our 40th anniversary Gold Maple Leaf is also a tribute to the talent and ingenuity of our people, who made it possible for the Mint to offer world’s best gold bullion coin to our customers.‎”

The new ‘Gold Maple Leaf’ has a weight of 31.11 grams and a 30-millimetre diameter.

‘RESPONSIBLY SOURCED GOLD’

The 40th-anniversary Gold Maple Leaf is “entirely crafted from gold responsibly sourced from Canadian mines,” according to a statement released by the Mint today.

Its reverse features an engraving of the signature Walter Ott-designed sugar maple leaf intertwined with the number 40 and highlighted by contrasting finishes. The familiar obverse featuring the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is double-dated 1979-2019.

Like the 99.99 per cent pure Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin it honours, this anniversary coin has a distinct finish consisting of an array of radial lines, and its reverse features a micro-engraved maple leaf-shaped security feature with the number 19 to denote its year of issue.

Limited to a worldwide mintage of 15,000 pieces, this coin bears a $50 face value and has a diameter of 30 millimetres. It will be sold as singles, in 25-coin tubes or in a 500-coin monster box.

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