The week opened with an excellent performance of both silver and gold. On the first day of July, silver is hovering over $21 ounce with a GSR of 63. It certainly isn’t the end of the road for silver, but investors are advised to be selective at this point since the white metal has achieved a $2.5 ounce vertical jump in less than a month. It is in fact considered safer to invest in silver coins issued by government mints as they are more recognizable and easy to liquidate.
Since its first year of issue in 1988, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf has become one of the most popular silver bullion coins in the market. Authorised by the government of Canada, it is issued annually by the Royal Canadian Mint which has been responsible for minting it with a purity of 99.99% silver, the highest among most other bullion issues.
The obverse side features the head profile of Queen Elizabeth II in three different versions. The face value of CAD$5, and the year of issue are also displayed on the obverse side.
Silver Maple design
The reverse side always features a picture of a maple leaf .Some annual variations will bear a small privy mark on the lower half of the coin, or some colour or holographic enhancement. Along the bottom of the reverse side of the coin is the phrase “Fine Silver 1 oz. Argent Pur”, the one universal element in all silver maple leaf coins
There was only one proof release in 1989. Some prominent issues have been released over the life of the series: to mark the 10th anniversary of the coin series, a single-issue 10 oz. version was produced in 1998.There are several different coin motifs, like the one in a 2009 issue commemorating the 2010 Winter Olympics. In 2000, the coins featured a privy mark with fireworks and the number 2000, while another Silver Maple Leaf was issued to commemorate the Millennium where the coins were double dated 1999 and 2000.
Maple leaf collectibles
Silver Maple Leafs stand out and differ from Gold and Platinum Maple Leaf coins as the demand coming from collectors generates prices well beyond bullion value, mainly due to limited mintages. In particular, the 1997 version fetched very high prices for this specific reason, as in that year a little less than 101,000 Maple Leafs were minted, when more than 1.2 million were struck in 1999 (the record 17.8 million were minted for 2010).In 2009, the Silver Maple Leaf coins were not packaged in Mylar by the Royal Canadian Mint; due to high demand, the Silver Maple Leaf was packaged in tubes of 25.
In 2005, the Liberation of the Netherlands triple privy silver Maple Leaf was struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, in favour of the Royal Dutch Mint. The coin was to be presented to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands; it is the rarest of all silver Maple Leaf coins.
A number of the privy marked Maple Leafs were available only in Europe, released by coininvestdirect.com. They were the 2009 London’s Tower Bridge, the 2009 Brandenburg Gate, and the 2012 Leaning Tower of Pisa.