The original issue of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin from the Royal Canadian Mint consisted only of a 1 oz gold choice. The primary coin in the series, the 1 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf debuted in 1979 as the second-ever gold bullion coin in the world behind the South African Gold Krugerrand.
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure gold.
- The face value of $50 (CAD) is fully backed Canadas government.
- Reverse includes the Sugar Maple leaf design.
- Obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II.
Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins debuted in 1979. From 1979 to 1982, the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf consisted only of a 1 oz coin. Fractional weights were initially introduced in November 1982 following an increase in the gold content of the coins.
As of 2015, the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin features enhanced security elements in the design of the coins. The 2013 issue was the debut of the laser-engraved maple leaf privy that contains a microscopic year of issue within its designs. 2015 marked the introduction of the radial lines to both sides of the coin.
The obverse of 1 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Introduced in 2003, this design from Susanna Blunt is just the second of a monarch completed by a Canadian artist and the first since Elizabeth IIs father to depict the monarch without a crown.
On the reverse of Canadian Gold Maple Leafs is the image of the sugar maple leaf. Based upon the original 1979 from Walter Ott, this image beautifully captures the natural details of the national symbol of Canada. Engravings on this face include the nation of issue, purity, weight, and metal content of the coin.
The Royal Canadian Mint was founded in 1908 with a single coining facility in the federal capital of Ottawa. In 1976, a second facility was completed in Winnipeg to expand the capacity of the Royal Canadian Mint.