Canadian Gold Coins

The Canadian Gold Coins

Canadian Gold Coins are some of the most popular international gold bullion. The first Canadian Gold Coins were issued in 1912, although the history of Canadian gold coinage dates back to 1862, with the first mintages in British Columbia and Newfoundland. Later, in 1979, the Royal Canadian Mint introduced the first gold bullion coin of the Maple Leaf Series. The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf is the most widely recognized Canadian Gold Coin, being highly appreciated by investors and collectors all over the world due to its high gold content. Another famous design of Canadian Gold Coins is the Canadian Call of the Wild Series, which are the purest gold coins available today on the market, being struck of .99999 fine gold. Canadian Gold Coins usually carry fair premiums over the gold’s spot price per ounce, making them an attractive collectible to be added to your investment portfolio.

The Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint was founded in 1908, however its first facility in Ottawa was still technically owned by the London Royal Mint until it finally gained its independence during the Great Depression in 1931. The Royal Canadian Mint was a part of the Canadian Finance Department up until 1969, when the mint was turned into a Crown Corporation after the Canadian Government was reorganized. The RCM is recognized worldwide for manufacturing circulation, bullion, numismatic and commemorative precious metals coins of the highest quality. More than that, the mint received several notorious awards as being the most innovative mint, for manufacturing the first: colored coin in 1999, colored coin using plasma technology for the International Polar Year (2007-2008), irregular-shaped (square) coin in 2006, hologram coin in 1999, 5 oz. 99.99% pure silver coin in 2006 and first and only $1 million face-value coin of 100 kg 99.999% pure gold in 2007. The Royal Canadian Mint is also well-known for providing blank coins and commemorative items for mints, governments, and companies from other countries, like Jamaica, Papua New Guinea, China, Iceland, Cuba, Colombia and many others.

Canadian Coins Sizes and Designs

Canadian Gold Coins are available in a large variety of weights, from the standard 1 oz. gold coin down to 1/25 oz. sized gold coin. There are some Canadian Gold Coins issued in larger weight options. One interesting event in the coinage history of the Gold Maple Leaf is the one time only releases of the 1/15 oz. Gold Maple Leaf in 1994 and the 1/25 oz. size option in 2015. The production for these unique and innovative sizes was discontinued in the same years due to the lack of demand, and, respectively, limited strike. Another outstanding occurrence took place in 2007 when the Royal Canadian Mint manufactured the special Gold Maple Leaf with a face value of $1 million. This crowning achievement of this historical mint lead to a significant increase in the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Coin’s popularity.

The Canadian Maple Leafs

The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf is one of the 20th century’s oldest gold coins still available on the precious metals bullion market for purchase. When it was initially fabricated, the coin was struck of .999 pure gold, however, as of 1982, the Gold Maple Leaf is produced of .9999 fine gold. Since these coins were continuously produced for an extended period of time, they were deemed the standard for measuring other 24 karat gold coins. This remarkable coin features the portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse side and the sharply detailed image of the iconic Canadian Maple Leaf on its reverse side. Year by year, this coin carries almost exactly the same design from its first release in 1979. The Canadian Maple Leaf is one of the most sought-after bullion gold coins, being very appreciated by passionate numismatists due to its high-quality content and intricate design.

The Canadian Gold Call of the Wild Series

The second most popular Canadian Gold coin design is the Call of the Wild Series, which consists of the Howling Wolf Gold Coin released in 2014, the Growling Cougar Gold Coin, issued in 2015, and the third and last coin of the series, the Roaring Grizzly Gold Coin, produced in 2016. Each of these coins is composed of 99.999% pure gold and features the same obverse design as many other Canadian Coins: the profile portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. On the reverse sides of the coins are depicted the three ferocious predators: the wolf, the cougar, and the bear. Each depiction of the feared mammals is represented in a very detailed manner and is surrounded by background lines, which symbolize their growl, and the special maple leaf privy mark that certifies the coin’s authenticity. The Canadian Call of the Wild Gold Coin series is very appreciated among investors and collectors due to their remarkable design and high purity of the gold content.  

If you have any questions about these remarkable pieces of Canadian gold coinage, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800.852.6884. You can also reach Bullion Exchanges customer service associates online through our live chat feature, or by email at info@bullionexchanges.com.

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