2012 Maple Leaf Forever Platinum, Gold, and Silver Coins

Today, the Royal Canadian Mint started regular sales for a number of new products. Since there are many new coins, I will cover them over the next two posts.

This post will cover the 2012 Maple Leaf Forever Coins. This series was launched last year as a tribute to Canada’s iconic emblem. The designs for this year’s coin feature an arrangement three maple leaves. The central leaf echoes the leaf centered in the Canadian flag. The obverse of each coin contains the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The reverse design for these coins by Luc Normandin was inspired by the design that has appeared on Canada’s one-cent coin since 1937. In recent news, the Canadian government announced the elimination of the denomination.

The Maple Leaf Forever Coins include some large sized coins with extremely limited mintages, as well as small sized coins with larger mintages and lower pricing points.

A Platinum Maple Leaf Forever $300 Coin is available. These are struck in proof format in 99.95% purity and contain one troy ounce of platinum. The mintage limit is 250 coins, with pricing at $2,999.95 CAD. This is the first platinum coin within the series.

A one kilo gram gold coin with a face value of $2500 is offered. This coin has a proof finish and mintage of just 30 pieces. The price of the coin is $69,000 CAD.

On the other end of the spectrum, a one-tenth ounce coin with a face value of $5 is also offered. These coins have a specimen finish and mintage limit of 25,000 coins. The price is $229.95 CAD. This is the first smaller sized gold coin offered in the series.

A one kilogram silver coin with a face value of $250 is available. This coin has a proof finish and mintage of 1,200 coins. The price is $2,249.95 CAD.

A smaller sized one-half ounce silver coin with a face value of $10 is also available. These coins have a specimen finish and mintage limit of 100,000. The price of this coin is $34.95 CAD.

Each of these coins as well as the ones that will be covered tomorrow were actually made available earlier to members of the Master’s Club as a “pre-sale”. Master’s Club status is achieved making over $999.99 CAD worth of Royal Canadian Mint purchases in a consecutive 365 day period. Some of the benefits of this club include free shipping for all orders, special products and exclusive offers, access to pre-sales for new releases, and email sell out notices and reminders.

In the future, I will provide information on new releases as soon as they become available to Masters Club members. One of the new releases for this month actually sold out during the pre-sale period.

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Comments

  1. mike1960 says

    I would love to buy many Canadian coins but the prices are high in a competative world market.

  2. Sam H says

    those $10 maple leaves look good — price is a little high if you are purchasing for the silver content

  3. James Wolfe says

    yes i like them ,but dont like the price of them $34.95 for a half oz. of silver is a little bit to much

  4. TheCoinKeeper says

    If I had a nickel for every maple leaf I’ve raked up in my yard…

    Overpriced for me considering the design of just a leaf.

  5. Sam H says

    I wish the US Mint had “Master Club” would be a good way to promote customer loyalty!

  6. Shutter says

    TheCoinKeeper,
    Are those organic maple leaves or is it raining Canadian pennies in your yard?

  7. Rolling Thunder says

    Off topic – which seems normal for me!

    A few blogs back there was some discussion of the New Zealand Mint’s WWII Nose Art coin set.

    I and at least a few others received these in the last couple of days. I believe Shalk had posted that the three coins would not have individually struck designs, but only different colored images. This turns out to not be the case – the designs on the three coins are individually struck. The coins and the packaging are very nice. Glad I pre-ordered.

    Here is a link to some photos – not mine

    http://forums.silverstackers.com/topic-25133-new-zealand-nose-art-silver-coin-set-out.html

  8. says

    I was too late (by about 10 minutes) to purchase the Canada Bumblebee for $139.95… at Talisman…by the time I got to checkout it was $199.95
    oh well…
    my question (I received an email from Talisman showcasing these along with the ladybug and bumblebee) is why hasn’t the “Crystal Raindrop” series done well in the secondary market? It has similar mintages to the bumblebee (10,000) and is also unique and nice looking. What am I missing?

  9. Samuel says

    Steve, the bee coin status at mintca is “awaiting stock”, not sold out anymore, so i think u still have a chance, u can put it in wishlist. talisman first sold about 30 yesterday at 139.99, ….but anyway, their price has been changed several times, up and down. i think the bee coin is hot is not because it is hot, it is because the previous ladybug one was hot as we all can see, and i think when they released the ladybug, they did not say it was going to be a series. the new crystal is the 5th of 7 of the series? do u think it is a little bit too much?

  10. Eric The Red says

    I just ordered the Canadian Fine Silver Proof Set – 200th anniversary of the War of 1812 all coins in the set are 99.995 pure silver and a mintage of 20,000. The price I think is a bit steep at $ 237.94 U.S. with shipping. I think the winner in this set maybe the silver penny but am I taking a gamble here? I am not looking to strike it rich I just hope I don’t see this on ebay 6 months from not for melt value.

  11. G says

    News flash: Mexican libertads NOT producing any fractional or kilo or ANY gold proofs this year. Only the 1 oz silver. And the BU is not producing the 1/20…
    This is BIG news: Why? Will they go
    Back next year… Produce at 30th anniversary
    Set? What so you guys think- I’m shocked!

  12. Frankie says

    Eric The Red, You could have saved yourself some money by purchasing the 2012 Silver Proof Set from Talisman – it’s $209.95 + $9.95 = $219.90. Gatewestcoins is another option, but as they are located in Canada your bank will charge you a foreign transaction fee which can be as high as 3% (PNC in my case), despite the fact they bill you in US$. They are a little cheaper though at 1.03*($204.95 + $5) = $216.25. If you can cancel your order at the mint, do it – it’s $20 less, which is almost 10%… Gatewest is one of the very few places where you can still buy the $10 Titanic coin for $58.95 by the way.
    This applies to ALL RCM products by the way – you can save some money by purchasing them from an authorized reseller rather than directly from the mint.
    On a different note, anyone fancying the Maple Leaf Titanic Privy, you better hurry as APMEX have sold almost 1000 coins across all options over the last 24h (I followed their “in stock” numbers). They still have about 7000 left, but at that speed they’ll be gone within a week. Not to mention they can increase the price at their leisure – which they have done twice for the Niue Titanic – $79.99, then $99.99 and now $119.99…

  13. G says

    Cap-
    I just found out from Don Bailey- the main libertad supplier. Maybe we can find more info- but this is potentially huge and might mean a lot of changes in store for the Mexican mint

  14. Jeremy says

    @samuel, Thank you for the link. I searched for it numerous times and could not come up with it, not sure why. 🙂

  15. Samuel says

    jeremy, no problem. i also dont like talisman’s bad listing method, they should at least to have something like search by country or whatever. i searched by “canada proof set”.

  16. jeff72 says

    G says:
    April 11, 2012 at 2:50 am
    News flash: Mexican libertads NOT producing any fractional or kilo or ANY gold proofs this year. Only the 1 oz silver. And the BU is not producing the 1/20…
    This is BIG news: Why? Will they go
    Back next year… Produce at 30th anniversary
    Set? What so you guys think- I’m shocked!

    “G”….this IS news. That would mean that the 2011 5-coin proof sets would be the last set of fractionals?? …I’m with Captain…any links on this update?

  17. G says

    I don’t have any links yet- I’m on Don Bailey’s email list -and he gets his coins straight from the mint and he’s also an adviser to the Mexican Mint- so it’s coming from a trusted source. I’m not sure what the reasoning is for this. Pretty crazy. Coins are releasing today.

  18. G says

    This is what I found out:

    “Dear Friends,
     
    The Banco de Mexico is officially releasing a portion of the 2012 Libertad Series on Wednesday, April 10th.
     
    With that in mind, allow me to share with you some very significant changes that have occurred this year with the coins being issued and not being issued.
     
    The only gold Libertad coin available will be the 1oz Libertad BU. There are no other gold coins in BU or proof that will be issued for 2012.
     
    In 2012, there will be only one silver proof coin forthcoming: the 1oz silver Libertad proof. There will be no other silver proof coins.
     
    There will be no 5pc silver Libertad proof sets.  
     
    There will be no 5pc gold Libertad proof sets.”

    -crazy!

  19. says

    @G…please excuse my ignorance regarding the Libertads. I like them, but haven’t really followed them. You mention that “no more fractionals” as being a big deal. Why is that? I see the 2010 Libertad proof set that includes the fractionals sold for $228 on the bay.Item number: 190646800047 And this set has a mintage of only 1000.
    Please explain why what you have disclosed is such a big deal and what impact it may have on future and previous Libertad proof sets that contain fractionals. Thanks

  20. says

    Here is a current listing for the 2010 Libertad set: ebay item 140722789550

    I really love these coins, but with a mintage of only 1000 and a price of under $250, this seems to be a set that you buy for the beauty of the coins(and I may do that) instead of their investment potential..

    Again I ask G, please explain why your post regarding “no fractionals” is such a big deal and do you think it will make previous sets such as the 2010 with a limited mintage of 1000 go up in value.
    Thanks again for you input.

  21. Louis says

    The announcement above only says there are these changes for 2012. It does not say the change is permanent.

  22. G says

    Steve- the mintage of 1000 is for the special wood box. there are some proofs with mintages that low (the ’98 1 oz proof has a mintage of 500- and goes for about $2500). check out the prices for completed listings on eBay for a sense- and google libertad mintages for the proof, unc, and golf mintages. All I know is that this is a big change for one of the most popular bullion series (and in my opinion, by far the most beautiful one). I think it signals changes for the series, and could make all the fractional proofs like the buffalo golds (sought after and hard to find). I’m very excited about what this could mean- perhaps a 30th anniversary set??

  23. G says

    Samuel- they are still doing fractional BU (but not the 1/20 ounce). why? Not sure. But 2011 was by far the highest mintages so maybe it’s an attempt to keep the series limited

  24. Jeremy says

    Just some fantastical, argumentative thought 😉

    There is some confusion as to just what the changes actually are. However, I can’t help but wonder if this may be an implication of managed silver prices. Perhaps Mexico is either becoming short of inventory or unwilling to encourage silver sales at these prices. Might other mints follow? Again I’m fairly new to coins but it seems to me that there are more, what might be referred to as, “designer coins”. These designer coins command premiums which provide an opportunity for mints to profit while releasing less product. could it be possible that mints may attempt to maintain inventories in anticipation of higher prices.

  25. G says

    Strange rumblings from the oldest mint in North America. I have to say- it’s exciting. Feels like they are doing something for a special release. I hope.

  26. jeff72 says

    G says:
    April 11, 2012 at 5:57 pm
    This is what I found out:

    “Dear Friends,

    The Banco de Mexico is officially releasing a portion of the 2012 Libertad Series on Wednesday, April 10th.

    In 2012, there will be only one silver proof coin forthcoming: the 1oz silver Libertad proof. There will be no other silver proof coins.

    There will be no 5pc silver Libertad proof sets.

    “G”…no offense -but I was keenly interested in your post -went to Don’s site…has not been updated (or most of it) since 2010? …could find no info on 2012…but what he says about the sets may be right…in any event…regarding Libertad fractional proofs…I did find this:

    http://firstcoincompany.com/mints/mexican-central-bank/mint-of-mexico-silver-coins/Silver-bullion-proof.

    Wish I knew more about the Libertad…would like to see it’s own forum header 😉

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