The Royal Canadian Mint have introduced a new half ounce silver coin which is the first in a new annual series. The design is based on the now sold out one-kilo Silver Maple Leaf Forever Coin, but in an effort to provide a more affordable option, the current release contains one half ounce of silver.
The coin, with a face value of ten dollars (although half the size of the well-known $5 silver maple leaf) is struck in .9999 silver with a total weight of 15.87 grams. With its traditional feel and look, the coin’s reverse design is sculpted by the artist Debbie Adams based on the motif from the Canadian one cent coin. The obverse also has a more traditional look, with its portrait sculpted by artist Susanna Blunt and legend style which is currently used on most Canadian circulation coinage.
The 2011 $10 Silver Maple Leaf Forever Coin is struck to Specimen quality (specially selected strikes similar to that used on one ounce maple leafs) and has a diameter of 34 mm. A world-wide limit of 100,000 pieces is authorised for distribution.
For more information on this and other coins on offer from the Royal Canadian Mint, please visit their website at: http://www.mint.ca/store/coin/12oz-fine-silver-coin-maple-leaf-forever-2011-prod1130003?rcmeid=EmailKrause_MapleLeafForever_BFC_11Sep15&et_mid=518224&rid=2201165