Introducing the 1 oz .999 Gold Maple Leaf, a stunning gold coin minted by the Royal Canadian Mint. Produced between 1979 and 1982, this coin features a beautiful design of Canada’s national symbol, the maple leaf, on the reverse side, and Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse side.
The 1 oz .999 Gold Maple Leaf was introduced by the Royal Canadian Mint as a way to compete in the global gold market. Prior to the introduction of this coin, the gold coin market was dominated by the South African Krugerrand. However, due to international sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa, the demand for alternative gold coins increased and many countries released their own bullion coins.
The Gold Maple Leaf was initially minted with a purity of .999, making it one of the purest gold coins in the world at the time. The switch to a higher purity of .9999 in 1982, with the introduction of the Gold Maple Leaf in its current form, was a reflection of the Royal Canadian Mint’s commitment to quality and purity.
The obverse face of the 1 oz .999 Canadian Gold Maple Leaf features an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The portrait displays Her Majesty at the age of 39, and was replaced in 1989 with a more age-appropriate effigy. This face also includes inscriptions of the mintage year and the face value of $50 (CAD), backed by the government of Canada.
The reverse includes the national emblem of Canada, the sugar maple leaf. Important specifications of the coin are also included on this face.
Today, the 1 oz .999 Gold Maple Leaf is highly sought after by collectors and investors alike for its beauty, purity, and historical significance. Each coin comes in a protective plastic flip to preserve its condition, and its weight and purity are guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint.