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What Makes the Silver Maple Leaf Coin So Sought After?

Maple Leaf coins from the Royal Canadian Mint are among the most popular and well-known bullion coins in the world. Additionally, they have a demonstrated track record of sales success. The coins are particularly popular in the United States, Canada, and the British Commonwealth, as well as other regions of the globe.

The World’s Best Selling Silver Coins

The silver version of the Maple Leaf coin, which debuted in 1988, originally had a mintage of over one million pieces but was reduced to a few hundred thousand or fewer by the mid-1990s. 

However, by 2006, output had increased to 2.5 million coins. By 2010, more than 18 million coins were produced annually, and production has continued to grow since then to well over 30 million coins per year. Silver Maple Leaf coins are wildly popular among investors who wish to purchase silver coins as part of an investment portfolio.

The Maple leaf series was first launched in gold in 1979. At this time, hyperinflation in America was in the double digits and the only gold bullion coins available to private investors were South African Krugerrands. However, Krugerrand sales dropped due to government restrictions and sanctions because of Apartheid. Starting in 1980, the gold Maple Leaf gained popularity and grew to replace the Krugerrand as the world's most popular bullion coin. Since then, the Royal Canadian Mint has worked to establish the Maple Leaf – in both gold and silver and later Platinum and Palladium – as the world's leading bullion coins. 

Variations of the Maple Leaf

Most bullion coins are available in both uncirculated or proof versions with unique finishes, but none offer as many options as the Maple Leaf. The standard silver maple leaf, which is the most popular uncirculated version, has a finish which highlights the Maple Leaf design on a parallel lined backdrop.

Other available variants include commemorative, coloured, privy marked, holographic or piedfort versions of the coins. The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) often commemorates important events by releasing a larger silver coin, like a five-ounce or one kilo coin, or by making a unique fractional set.

Many times a year, collector editions of the silver coin, such as the Maple Leaf Forever or Magnificent Maple Leaf three-coin sets, are created.

Effigy of the Queen

While the nations that comprise the British Commonwealth are obligated to feature an effigy of the current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, on their coins, they have considerable creative freedom when it comes to the design. The effigy of the Queen on Canadian coins is unique to the image on non-bullion coins manufactured by the Royal Canadian Mint. 

Final Thoughts

It's simple to understand why the Maple Leaf consistently outperforms its competition in terms of quality, consistency, and affordability. Buysilvercoins.eu sells silver Canadian Maple Leaf coins individually, in plastic tubes of 25 coins, and in monster boxes of 500 coins. These coins may be purchased for delivery throughout Europe and worldwide. VAT-Free storage is also available.