The Royal Canadian Mint has launched two new “Maple Leaf Forever” coins, each a kilo in weight. Each piece is composed of one thousand grams of pure gold or silver and includes colorful applications of the country’s most familiar emblem, the maple leaf, on the reverse. The color application on one-kilo gold coin is a Royal Canadian Mint first, as it is usually reserved for smaller coins.
Naturally beautiful and diverse, the maple leaf reflects the spirit and values of the Canadian people. Its seasonal cycle is a source of wonder, particularly in autumn when green leaves turn brilliant shades of orange, red, and yellow that transform the landscape into a mosaic of spectacular color. The intensity of red and orange color is dependent on the amount of sugar that is naturally present in the leaf, as can be attested by the copious amounts of maple syrup the trees produce. A powerful symbol of the Canadian experience, the maple leaf serves as a reminder of nature’s beauty throughout the seasons.
Designed by Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi, both coins share a common design and feature full color over the engraved depiction of a maple leaf, which appears as part of Canada’s autumn landscape. Each leaf is brought to life through careful engraving and a mix of red, yellow, orange, and green colors; these give the leaf pile a natural look while providing a colorful backdrop to the fallen tree. Detailed engraving recreates the rough texture of the fissured bark, upon which lays the maple leaf.
The silver version also benefits from selective gold-plating on the rim and inner circle containing the primary design, as well as on the effigy of the Queen on the obverse. The obverse includes the portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Susanna Blunt, which has been used on Canadian circulation coins and most commemorative issues since 2003, along with the coin’s denomination.
|250 Dollars||.999 Silver||1000 Grams||102.1 mm.||Proof & color||500 pieces|
|2500 Dollars||.999 Gold||1000 Grams||101.6 mm.||Proof & color||10 pieces|
The gold and silver coins are available from authorized RCM dealers in Canada and the US, and at RCM retail outlets. Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded wood case with a graphic cover box that compliments the coin’s design. For more information on these and other coins offered by the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their Web site.