Neil S Berman - Expert Numismatist & Gold Coin Dealer
Gold Coins Trade through History
Canadian Gold Maple Leafs
Made 1979 to date. Canada’s gold Maple Leafs are popular the world over, particularly in India and the Far East where pure gold is the most accepted and familiar form of gold bullion, even in small weights. Gold Maples are also a favorite with jewelers everywhere, because pure gold bullion is easily alloyed to produce the desired color and hardness.
Canadian gold Maple Leafs were first produced in 1979, during one of the wildest years in gold trading of the 20th Century, when gold prices spiked from $220 to over $600. Until that time, the only one ounce gold bullion coin available was the Krugerrand, struck in South Africa in the traditional twenty-two karat gold purity typical of coinage throughout history.
Canadian Maple Leafs pioneered the concept of gold coins without alloy, because the coin will never circulate or be handled. The one troy ounce coin weights 31.10 grams of .999 fine gold. Maple Leafs are available in one ounce, one half ounce, one quarter ounce, one tenth ounce and one twentieth ounce, and between 1995 and 2004 one fifthteenth ounce. It was an immediate success, and by the early 1980’s was actually outselling the Krugerrand, which had been the only one ounce gold bullion coin available since its debut in 1967. They are available in proof as well. We buy and sell Gold Maple Leaf coins.