The Maple Leaf has been a national symbol of Canada since the 18th century. Since 1988, the Royal Canadian Mint has struck the Silver Maple Leaf coins. However, beginning in 2014, these coins began to have a special security feature involving radial lines and a micro-engraved maple leaf. On top of that, the RCM has a reputation as a technological pioneer in the industry because of its extensive history of “firsts” such as creating the first .9999 fine silver coin. Other firsts include colored, hologram, square coins, and coins featuring a special security detail.
Since 2015 The Royal Canadian Mint’s Bullion DNA Program has offered the highest security on the market for any bullion coin. Each bullion coin features a textured maple leaf security privy mark, micro-engraved with laser technology, and is visible only under magnification. Etched within the maple leaf security mark are the two digits indicating the coin’s production year. Each micro-engraving is encoded, scanned, and recorded at the mint for future authentication, giving each coin their unique Bullion DNA. Every Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin dated 2018 and later now features Mintshield Surface Protection the world’s only proven technique for significantly reducing the appearance of white spots or “milk spots” on Silver bullion coins.
The obverse of each 2023 Silver Maple Leaf coin showcases the Susanna Blunt right-facing bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty wears her royal earrings and necklace. Inscriptions for her name, the denomination, and the year of mintage encompass the rim. The security feature’s radial lines emanating from the center of the background towards the coin’s rim.
The reverse displays the national symbol of Canada through an intricately detailed Maple Leaf. A micro-engraved maple leaf near the bottom of the coin provides an extra security measure. Inscriptions for the country, purity, and weight surround the edge of the coin.