Canadian Silver Maple Leaf

Facts at a Glance

  • The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is the world’s purest silver coin, with a 99.99% purity, thanks to innovations at the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM).
  • First issued in 1988, it is a prized bullion asset from the RCM, often featuring over 30 commemorative privy marks.
  • The coin shares its design with the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, including three different effigies of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse at ages 39, 64, and after her Golden Jubilee at 79.
  • The iconic maple leaf graces the reverse and was redesigned in 2009 by artist Dora de Pedery-Hunt, who designed the 64-year-old Elizabeth II effigy.
  • On various anniversaries, such as 1998, 2003, 2008, and 2013, the Silver Maple Leaf underwent changes, including hologram treatments, gold plating, and returning to the original effigy of Queen Elizabeth II for its 25th anniversary.
  • These coins are not just valued for their precious metal content but also for their artistry and technical excellence.


The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf is the purest silver coin minted in the world. At 99.99% purity, its base metal-free composition is possible by technical breakthroughs at the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM). First issued in 1988, the coin is a celebrated asset of the bullion offered by the RCM, and has been issued with over 30 commemorative privy marks.

The artwork of the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf repeats that of the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf, with three different effigies of the Queen on the obverse, at 39 years old, 64 years old and after her Golden Jubilee at 79 years of age. The ever-present maple leaf covers the reverse, but was redesigned in 2009 by artist Dora de Pedery-Hunt, the designer of the 64 year old Elizabeth II effigy.

On many of the coin’s anniversaries, such as in 1998, 2003, 2008 and 2013, additional changes to face of the coin have been exacted. The 1998 Silver Maple Leaf anniversary coin was a ten ounce beast, issued at a value of $200 Canadian, but with a $5 face value. In 2003, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a five coin set of 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/10 ounce and 1/20 ounce coins, with the maple leaf on the reverse receiving a famous Royal Canadian Mint hologram treatment. For the 20th Anniversary in 2008, the Silver Maple Leaf was actually plated with gold on the reverse side. More recently, in 2013, the RCM released several versions of the indefatigable Silver Maple Leaf coin.

The original effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, by designer Arnold Machin, returned on the obverse of the 25th anniversary of the coin. There are also versions of the coin with artist Jean-Louis Sirois’ gold-plated “echo” silver leaf maple on the reverse. These are stunning works of art, with the Machin portrait of the queen looking more elegant than ever. With any of these coins, be prepared to take possession of an asset that is not only valued based on its precious metal content, but also due to its artistry and technical superiority.

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Designer: Obverse, Arnold Machin (1988-1989); Dora de Pedery-Hunt (1990-2004); Suzanna Blunt (2005-2023). Reverse: Walter Ott, 1937

Gross weight: 31.103 g

Silver content: 0.9999 troy oz

Purity: 0.9999 fine (99.99% pure silver)

Diameter: 37.97 mm (1.5 in)

Security features: Radiating lines on fields of both faces  precisely machined to within microns (2014+); laser-engraved maple leaf with mintage year on reverse, visible only under magnification (2014+); Bullion DNA™ authentication (2015+).


Please note, Birch Gold’s selection of products rotates over time. To learn more about Canadian Silver Maple Leaf coins, their availability and current pricing, please call us at (800) 355-2116.

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