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The 25th Anniversary Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Bullion Coin is a
special commemorative bullion coin, produced by the Royal Canadian Mint,
to celebrate the initial release of the 1ozt. silver Maple Leaf bullion coin.
The bullion coin was first issued in 1988, 9years after the successful release of the Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin.
Since the silver bullion coin's introduction, it has been a staple investment coin among bullion investors and collectors alike.
The coin's design, purity and liquidity have made it an attractive asset for bullion investors.
Over the last 25years, the Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin has had three noticeable changes to its obverse side.
The most noticeable change to the Canadian silver bullion coin has happened to the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The first photo, to the left, is the first effigy design of Queen Elizabeth II used by the Royal Canadian Mint.
The effigy was created by Arnold Machin and was inscribed on the silver bullion coin from 1988 to 1989.
The second effigy of Queen Elizabeth II was designd by Dora de Pedery-Hunt.
The Royal Canadian Mint used the second effigy design, on the obverse side of the Silver Maple Leaf, from 1990 to 2002.
The current design, below, was created by Susanna Blunt and was first inscribed on the silver bullion coin in 2003.
It should be noted that these three effigies weren't only used on the obverse side of the Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin, but the three effigies were also used on the obverse side on all Canadian circulated, commemorative and bullion coins during the years noted under each image.
When the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin was first released in 1988, silver's price was trading for a little under $7.00 a troy ounce.
For the next 18years, the price of silver and the silver maple leaf had traded at prices well below $10.00 a troy ounce.
However, since March of 2006 and a brief period after the market crash of 2008, the bullion coin has not sold below the bargain price of $10.00 a troy ounce for silver.
The obverse side of the 25th Anniversary Canadian Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin displays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt.
Her initials "SB," are located at the top of the Queen's right shoulder.
At the top of the coin is the Queen's name "ELIZABETH II."
Inscribed across the bottom of the silver bullion coin is the face value of "5 DOLLARS" and the year the coin was issued "2013."
The Edge of the silver coin is Reeded.
The reverse side of the 25th Anniversary Canadian Silver Maple Leaf
Bullion Coin features the "Maple Leaf," designed by Walter Ott, with a
"25" intertwined around it.
Inscribed along the top of the silver bullion coin is "CANADA."
At the bottom of the silver bullion coin is "FINE SILVER, 1 OZ, ARGENT PUR" the coin's Fineness and Weight.
The coins' purity, of "9999" is inscribed on both sides of the 25th Anniversary Silver Maple Leaf.
Face Value:..........$5 CAD
Silver Content:.....1 Troy oz. (ozt.)
Total Weight:.......31.10 grams
Purity:.................99.99% / .9999
Designers:...........Susanna Blunt (obverse) & Walter Ott (reverse)
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