2016 1 Ounce (oz) .9999 Pure Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coin

by Royal Canadian Mint

$1,654.92

The Royal Canadian Mint’s Gold Maple Leaf (GML) coins are among the world’s most popular pure gold coins, with more than 25 million troy ounces sold since their introduction in 1979. The Gold Maple Leaf was also the first bullion coin to achieve the heightened standard of .9999 purity. 

The Maple Leaf has been a national symbol of Canada since the 18th century. 

Features

All 1-ounce 99.99% pure Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins dated 2016 will have three unique features for enhanced security. 

  • Radial Lines
  • A Micro-Engraved Maple Leaf
  • Bullion DNA Anti-Counterfeiting Technology

An attractive acquisition for both first-time precious metal buyers and long-term investors.
— Precision-cut radial lines create a unique light-diffracting pattern specific to this coin.
— Sovereign coin backed by the Canadian government.

Product Specifications 

Mint: Royal Canadian Mint
Composition: 99.99% pure gold
Weight*: 1 oz (31.11 g)
Diameter: 30 mm
Face Value: 50 dollars (CAN)
Finish: Radial lines
Edge: Serrated

History of Gold Maple Leaf Coin

Thada 1 oz Gold Maple Leaf is part of the sophisticated lineage of Canadian coinage. The Royal Canadian Mint struck its first coin in 1908, when Canada was under the leadership of Governor General Earl Grey. Before that time, all Canadian circulating coins were minted in England and had to be shipped in to Canada. Ultimately, in 1931, Canada’s Ottawa Mint gained complete independence from the British Royal Mint and was restyled as the Royal Canadian Mint. 

The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM), birthplace of the Gold Maple Leaf coins we so treasure today, was designated a National Historic Site in 1979. The mint's architecture represents the distinctive identity of Canada’s capital that the Canadian government wishes to project to the rest of the world. The building further symbolizes Canada gaining authority over its own currency. The Canadian Maple Leaf was first unveiled in 1979 and has been in production ever since.

Enhanced Security 

Bullion DNA anti-counterfeiting technology is an industry first that goes above and beyond coin authentication like no other. Every die used to produce Gold Maple Leaf Coins is laser micro-engraved with an anti-counterfeiting security mark. Royal Canadian Mint's registration process—digital non-destructive activation (DNA) technology—captures images encrypted with an algorithm signature, and stores these in our secure database. Combined with the proprietary Bullion DNA Reader and software, the coin’s authenticity can be verified in an instant.

In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced a new and unique security feature to confirm the authenticity of its Gold Maple Leaf Coins. Derived from the same award-winning security technology applied to Canada’s $1 and $2 circulation coins, the GML security feature consists of a textured maple leaf, micro-engraved with laser technology on a small area of the reverse side of the coin. In the centre of this mark, visible under magnification, is the numeral "16", denoting the coin’s year of issue. Radial lines in th’s field have been precisely machined to within microns on the master tooling to ensure reproducibility from die to die and coin to coin.

The uniqueness of the line width and pitch gives this coin a characteristic look, and creates a light-diffracting pattern that is specific to this coin.