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Maple Leaf Gold Coins

The Gold Maple Leaf is the Royal Canadian Mint’s signature product and its iconic maple leaf motif is an internationally recognised symbol of Canada. Struck from .9999 (24 carat gold), the Gold Maple is available in various denominations including 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz. 

The Royal Canadian Mint is known for its high-quality products and in 2013 and 2015, unique security features were added to the Maple Leaf gold coin in the form of a small laser micro-engraved maple leaf and a background of radial lines. We are delighted to offer our clients a comprehensive range of these famous coins. All purchases of Canadian Gold Maples are VAT Free with CoinInvest.

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Buy Maple Leaf gold coins

First issued in 1978 by the Royal Canadian Mint, the Canadian Maple Leaf is one of the most internationally well-known and widely traded gold coins today. The maple leaf has symbolised the vast forests of the Canadian wilderness and is recognised as the country’s national symbol. 

Since the first settlers discovered gold nuggets in Canada, the nation has become one of the largest gold exporters in the world. So, it’s fitting that one of the most prestigious gold investment coins on the market also comes from this country.

The Maple Leaf was the only modern, freely available investment coin when it was introduced. Although the Krugerrand was already established, at this point in time it was subject to strict export restrictions because of apartheid. Initially, the coins had a purity of 999/1000 (triple nine) and then of 999.9/1000 (four nine) from 1982, which is an unusually high purity for an investment coin. 

Nine years after the first gold Maple Leaf was minted, versions in silver and platinum became available from 1988, as well as a palladium version from 2005. Today the coin is available as:

Classic design combined with sophisticated forgery protection

The design of the coin has remained virtually unchanged since its introduction:

  • The obverse (front or image side) shows the maple leaf and displays the fineness, material, and weight of the coin. 
  • The reverse (the back or value side) shows the portrait of Canada’s current Head of State (currently Queen Elizabeth II),the nominal value of the coin, and the year of issue. 
  • The portrait is updated at intervals of about ten to twelve years and so the fifth portrait of Elizabeth II was introduced in 2015 in honour of her long reign.


In 2013, further security features were added to the coin. A fine pattern of radial lines was included as the background to the motifs on both the front and back. On the front there is also a maple leaf, measuring only a few millimetres, framing the last two digits of the year of issue, which is particularly complicated to copy because of its size.

If you are interested in purchasing the Maple Leaf, take a look at our range of silver, gold and platinum Maple Leaf coins. If you have any questions, you can call us at +44 20 36950335 or send us an e-mail;

How much are Maple Leaf gold coins worth?

Acclaimed for their purity and classical design, Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins are a favourite among investors and coin collectors alike. While the face value may say $200, $50, $20, $10, $5, or $1, depending on the weight, the coins are actually worth much more, based on the material, size, and demand. 

The level of purity in Canadian Maple Leaf gold coins varies, depending on when they were released:

  • 1979-1982: 999/1000 purity
  • After 1982: 999.9/1000 purity
  • In 2007, the Royal Canadian Mint began producing special edition 1 oz 999.99/1000 purity coins


We update our website automatically every minute, so you can be confident that you’re shopping at a rate based on the latest precious metal spot prices. 

Technical data of the Maple Leaf gold coin

Learn more about the specifications of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins and compare the details to decide which one is best for you.

Fine weightPurityDiameterFace valueMint
Special edition 1 oz31.1035g999.99/100030mm$200Royal Canadian Mint
1 oz31.1035g999.9/100030mm$50Royal Canadian Mint
1/2 oz15.5518g999.9/100025mm$20Royal Canadian Mint
1/4 oz7.7758g999.9/100020mm$10Royal Canadian Mint
1/10 oz3.1103999.9/100016mm$5Royal Canadian Mint
1/20 oz1.55g999.9/100014.1mm$1Royal Canadian Mint

Frequently asked questions

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