The Royal Canadian Mint has issued many Maple Leaf coins with all
manner of embellishments — gold plating, holograms, and color, to name
But a new commemorative $20 coin could shape a different future for
On Aug. 4, the RCM issued a Proof .9999 fine silver coin shaped like
a maple leaf, the first such special shaped coin from the RCM.
The dies used for this coin necessitated an exacting minting
process, including the use of specialized equipment to shape the dies,
according to the RCM.
The reverse design by RCM engraver Marcos Hallam recreates the
familiar elements of a maple leaf — specifically a leaf of the silver
maple (Acer saccharinum) species.
“Here, the coin’s unique shape accentuates the palmate leaf’s
serrated edges,” the RCM said in a press release. “An intricate series
of deep veins are rendered with finely detailed engraving, as they run
through each of the leaf’s five pointed, tapering lobes. Different
finishes bring added dimension to the design, enhancing the engraving
and lending the leaf a bright natural appearance.”
The obverse carries the Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The coin measures 38 millimeters in diameter (tip to tip) and weighs
It has a mintage limit of 15,000 pieces and retails for $149.95
Canadian. The actual price in U.S. funds will vary based on the
exchange rate at time of purchase.
To order the coin, visit the RCM website.
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