Released in 1979, the first Gold Maple Leaf faced hard competition to conquer its space in the bullion market. Some renowned gold coins like the South African Krugerrand and the Austrian 100 Corona, were already solid options among investors. The high levels of gold content and the modern techniques applied to mint the Canadian Maple Leaf’s soon brought these coins to the spotlight. The celebrated 1 oz Gold Maple Leaf got fractional sizes of ½ oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz, 1/20 oz, and a standard 99.99% gold fineness.
Founded as a branch of the Royal London Mint, the Royal Canadian Mint got stronger when Canada became an independent nation. The internal demand allied to the international production brought experience, and the mint fastly became one of the most respected mints worldwide.