One of the very biggest of the world’s bullion coins, the Royal Canadian Mint’s Maple Leaf continues to sell in huge numbers, but has very limited appeal to those more interested in the current trend towards limited mintage designs. That’s only to be expected when anything becomes so ubiquitous, so the RCM has, over the last few years, stepped up its selection of bullion coins with several ranges in gold and silver to broaden appeal. Many themes series featuring birds and other wildlife have proven popular, but even the Canadian Maple Leaf (CML) itself has recieved attention.
The mint has often issued privy mark versions of the basc CML, but they’ve also embraced various altered designs, or different types of strike. It is to the latter group that this latest release belongs. Like most bullion coins, the main design is struck in relief, that is, proud of the background field. When a design is struck INTO a coin, it’s called incuse. It seems a simple change, but it’s actually quite effective visually, and for the first time, the RCM has struck gold and silver CML’s incuse-style on both the reverse and the obverse faces.
Outside of that, it’s pretty much business as usual, with no substantive changes to the Walter Ott original art, or the Susanna Blunt effigy of Liz². The CML used to be an easy coin to counterfeit, but those days are in the past with multiple security features designed to make that difficult, such as the micro-engraved leaf-privy and the Bullion DNA tech. The silver coin also benefits from Mintshield, a process applied to prevent tarnishing and milk-spotting – something the SML was renowned for in the past. These are available now and are a neat change from the dull original.
Also out is the sixth in the gold Call of the Wild series. Depicting an attractive image of a Moose by RCM regular Pierre Leduc, this follows a series of issues featuring animals calling out in profile. A great idea for a series and one that has been well realised. Only available in 1oz 0.99999 gold form, and presented in an assay card, it also carries the micro-engraved maple leaf for security. At $200, this carries the largest issue price of its type in Canada. Like the incuse CML’s, this is available to pre-order now and sponsors like Bold Precious Metals and LPM will have them.