The Royal Canadian Mint announced that starting in 2013, their flagship one-ounce Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin will include a micro-engraved security feature, following their other uses of recent advances in laser technology on their circulating $1 and $2 coins.
The new coins will be shipped throughout the Mint’s network of official bullion distributors in early November 2012 and will soon after be available through bullion dealers.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to delivering outstanding quality and service to its customers by constantly improving its products through innovation,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “By introducing an unprecedented visual security feature to our world-famous Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin, we are proud to offer precious metal investors a gold bullion coin which is a world leader in its security as well as its purity.”
The security mark consists of a textured maple leaf, micro-engraved with laser technology on a small area of the reverse (Maple Leaf) side of the coin. In the center of this mark is the numeral “13” denoting the coin’s year of issue, which is only visible under magnification. The number will change annually to mark the year of production for the coins.