Canada’s gold bullion coins are adopting a new look, officials of the
Royal Canadian Mint announced Dec. 16.
Beginning with 2015 gold coins (which became available the same day
as the announcement), the Maple Leaf gold coins feature a Radial Line
Finish. The same finish was adopted for the silver Maple Leaf coins in
2014. According to the RCM, the finish is created from an “array of
precisely machined lines radiating from the coin’s central maple leaf
design at a width and pitch which creates a light-diffracting pattern.”
In addition, the RCM added a micro-engraved laser mark to the 2015
Maple Leaf gold coins as a security measure. The laser micro-engraving
shows a textured maple leaf incorporating the numeral “15” to denote
the coin’s year of issue.
The gold Maple Leaf was introduced in 1979 (as .999 fine), and in
1982 it became the world’s first gold bullion coin struck to .9999 fineness.
The Canadian bullion program has been expanded several times since
1979, with the Canadian Birds of Prey silver bullion coins the
most recent extension (2014 coins featuring the peregrine falcon and
bald eagle began the series). The third coin in that program will be
announced in early February in Berlin during the World Money Fair.
In keeping with a distribution model common to the world’s major
issuers of bullion coins, the Royal Canadian Mint does not sell
bullion directly to the public but instead uses a tiered distribution
model with bullion dealers buying and selling the coins to the public.
For more information about the RCM’s bullion program, visit its
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