The 30th Anniversary Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Bullion Coin is a special commemorative bullion coin by the Royal Canadian Mint to celebrate the initial release of the 1 oz Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin.
In 1988, the first Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin was minted, 9-years 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.
The coin's design, purity and liquidity have made it an attractive asset for bullion investors.
Over the last 30 years, the Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin has had noticeable changes to its obverse side.
Note: The effigies of Queen Elizabeth II in this section were on the obverse side of all Canadian circulated and commemorative coins, not only the Maple Leaf bullion coins during the years noted.
The most noticeable change to the Canadian silver bullion coin happened to the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The obverse image to the left was the first effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin.
The second effigy of Queen Elizabeth II was designed by Dora de Pédery-Hunt.
Her effigy design was the first time Canadian coinage broke from the official use of Great Britain's Royal Mint effigy design.
The Royal Canadian Mint used the second effigy design on the obverse side of the Silver Maple Leaf from 1990 to 2003.
The change in the following two obverse sides does not come from the effigy of the Queen; instead, the change comes from the field of the bullion coins obverse side.
The field is the flat area of a coin’s surface that doesn’t have any design or inscription.
For security reasons, in 2014, the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) added radial lines to make it harder for counterfeiters to reproduce the coins; the lines are on the obverse and reverse sides of the Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin.
2023 was the last year that the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II was on the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Bullion Coin.
MINTSHIELD™, by the Royal Canadian Mint, is the world's first and only proven solution for reducing white spots or 'milk spots' on silver bullion coins.
Since 2018, every Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin has had the MINTSHIELD™ applied to it.
The video below offers a quick overview of all the security features of each Silver and Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coin.
In 2014, the Royal Canadian Mint added a Security Mark to the reverse side of the 1oz Canadian Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin.
The security mark is a Micro-Engraved Maple Leaf design produced by the Mint’s use of laser technology.
Inside the laser-engraved maple leaf is a "numeral" indicating the coin's "Year of Issue," which is more easily visible under magnification.
The obverse side of the 30th Anniversary Canadian Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin displays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Susanna Blunt; her initials "SB" are at the top of the Queen's 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 years commemorating the coin's anniversary "1988-2018."
The Edge of the silver coin is Reeded.
The reverse side of the 30th Anniversary Canadian Silver Maple Leaf
Bullion Coin features the "Maple Leaf" with a
"30" 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 30th Anniversary Silver Maple Leaf.
Face Value:..........$5 CAD
Silver Content:.....1 Troy oz.
Total Weight:.......31.10 grams
Purity:.................99.99% / .9999
Designers:...........Susanna Blunt (obverse) & Walter Ott (reverse)
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