Canadian Silver Coins

The Silver Maple Leaf

maple leaf silver bullion coinis struck by the Royal Canadian Mint each year and represents Canada’s equivalent to the American Silver Eagle. This coin is struck in One Ounce of .9999 Silver and is a very soft, pure coin.  Silver Maple Leaf is a premium investment coin prices above other types of silver like bars. Being an official minted coin it bares certificate of authenticity by the simple fact it is a product produced by Royal Canadian Mint. 


Silver Maple Leafs are recognized and valued as an investment world wide an represent premium, easily liquidated investment. The fact that it’s purity is .9999  is an added value. The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is a silver bullion coin issued annually by the government of Canada. The coin has been minted by the Royal Canadian Mint (RMC) since 1988.
The face value of the 1 oz coin is 5 Canadian dollars, the highest among international silver bullion coins.
The coin generally always features a maple leaf and generally consists of 1 troy ounce (31.1 g) of silver. Annual variations for the coin in past have included proof releases (1989 only), privy marks, a coloured maple leaf (with a design different from the regular maple leaf), holographic enhancements and several differing designs, such as a 2009 issue commemorating the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The one universal element in all silver maple leaf coins is the phrase “Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur” along the bottom of the obverse of the coin.
Several notable issues have been released over the life of the series. A single-issue 10 oz version was produced in 1998 to mark the 10th anniversary of the coin series. In 1999, all Silver Maple Leaf coins that were issued came with a privy mark to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the RCM Maple Leaf Program. The following year, the coins featured a Privy Mark with Fireworks and the number 2000. Another Silver Maple Leaf was issued to commemorate the Millennium. The coins were double dated 1999 and 2000.
Silver Maple Leafs differ from their Canadian Gold and Platinum Maple Leaf counterparts in that collector demand generates prices well above and beyond bullion value. In particular, the 1996 and 1997 versions fetched very high prices due to limited mintages (for example, in 1997 just under 101,000 Maple Leafs were minted, in comparison with more than 1.2 million minted in 1999).
Some of the privy marked Maple Leafs were available only in Europe. For the first time in 2009, the Silver Maple Leaf coins were not packaged in Mylar by the Royal Canadian Mint. Due to the high demand, the Silver Maple Leaf was packaged in tubes of 25

1Oz .9999 pure Silver , 5 dollars face value coin is the only Canadian Silver Bullion coin.

Olympic Silver Coins and other commemorative coins

Are largely overpriced numismatic value coins, most have less then pure silver content and can still be bought for investment but not a desirable form of Silver to hold. When market goes south so does the sentimental or numismatic value and the only value remains is intrinsic value of the silver content in them.

Liberty Silver Dollar, Silver Eagles

The American Silver Eagle is the official silver bullion coin of the United States. It was first released by the United States Mint on November 24, 1986. It is struck only in the one-troy ounce size which has a nominal face value of one dollar and is guaranteed to contain one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Its content, weight, and purity are certified by the United States Mint. In addition to the bullion version, the United States Mint has produced a proof version and an uncirculated version for coin collectors. The Silver Eagle has been produced at three mints: the Philadelphia Mint, the San Francisco Mint, and the West Point Mint, although the latter produces the most significant amount of coin.

Premium Investment coin as is Silver Maple Leaf in Canada.

Buffalo Round – is not a coin but a bullion

Buffalo silver rounds are not produced by the US Mint, but rather by a private mints. They have no official connection with either the Indian Head nickel or the American gold buffalo coin, but is rather inspired by their design.

On the front of the private mint issued round is a portrait of a Native American man along with the word “LIBERTY” at the top right edge. On its reverse is an image of a buffalo, along with the purity and fineness listing of “.999 FINE SILVER” along the top edge above the buffalo, along with the weight description “ONE TROY OUNCE” below the buffalo at the bottom of the coin.  37 mm. diameter

Since they are not officially minted bullion coins but silver rounds, silver buffalos can be bought at significantly lower premiums than officially minted silver coins like the American Silver Eagle and the Canadian Silver Maple. They will, of course, sell for a lower price to, and since they are not world famous like silver eagles or maples.  But silver bullion is silver bullion, and buffalo silver rounds are an efficient way to invest in silver at prices closer to spot.

Austrian Philharmonic Silver

Austrian Philharmonic Silver Coin is the number one silver coin in Europe and a legal tender coin of Austria. The Austrian Philharmonic Silver Coin has a currency rate of 1.5 Euro face value, which also makes it one of the most recognizable coins in the world.

These coins are not only coveted by Europeans but also throughout the world making them highly liquid and very collectable. The Austrian Philharmonic is .999 fine and its one ounce weight and fine silver content stamped directly on the coin.

Excellent form of Silver Investment.

2011 “Wolf” silver bullion coin

Ottawa, Ontario – September 9, 2010 – The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to announce that investors world-wide can now buy the 2011 “Wolf” silver bullion coin; the first in a new series of Canadian Wildlife silver 9999 fine one-ounce bullion coins. The Mint’s Ottawa facility will produce one million coins showcasing this theme and will introduce a minimum of two annual issues over the next three years. These exciting new silver bullion coins will be priced on the same market rate as the Mint’s world-famous Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned world-wide for the quality, purity and design of its silver bullion coins and we are excited that that the 2011 “Wolf” coin enhances the profile of our silver bullion product family in a very competitive market,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint.  “Distinctly Canadian themes such as nature and wildlife are popular among silver buyers, especially in Europe, and we are very pleased that the one million coin mintage has been fully allocated to our distributors.”

The reverse “Wolf” silver bullion coin is struck from one ounce of 99.99% pure silver and bears a $5 face value. The wolf design is the work of Senior Mint Engraver William Woodruff.  The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, created in 2003 by Canadian portrait artist Susanna Blunt.

The 2011 “Wolf” silver bullion coin are available through the Mint’s extensive network of bullion dealers. The next issue in this six-coin series will be announced in early 2011.

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin

July 20, 2009 – The Royal Canadian Mint has launched the third and final issue of the world’s first series of bullion coins honouring the spirit of the Olympic Games. The Mint’s Ottawa facility will produce up to 50,000 gold coins for the 2010 issue and the silver version will be produced on demand.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is very proud to produce gold and silver bullion coins which stand out from the competition and capture the attention of the marketplace,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “The Mint has been delighted by investor and collector response to the first two issues of its Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins and is looking forward to a repeat success as its newest Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games bullion coins are launched with only months remaining before the excitement of the 2010 Winter Games.”

The Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin is made of one ounce of 99.99% pure gold and bears a $50 face value. Bearing a $5 face value, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin is struck from one ounce of 99.99% pure silver. The reverse of the coins features an ice hockey player in full stride, flanked by two maple leaves. The design is the product of collaboration between the Mint’s Bullion and Refinery and Engraving teams. Both coins are now available through the Mint’s extensive network of bullion dealers.

These new Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins are preceded by a 2009 issue featuring a Thunderbird design by Squamish, BC aboriginal artist Xwa Lack Tun (Rick Harry) and the inaugural 2008 issue featuring the logo of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games overlapping the iconic Maple Leaf design, which has graced the reverse of Royal Canadian Mint bullion coins since 1979.

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