Included in last month’s new releases from the Royal Canadian Mint was the 2013 Silver High Relief Piedfort Coin issued to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Silver Maple Leaf. The example of the coin that I ordered recently arrived.
The reverse design features an arrangement of overlapping maple leaves with the uppermost leaf slightly tilted and serving as the focal point. The bed of leaves below utilize several different finishes to provide some interesting contrast and differentiation. The background fields are mirrored. A “25 yrs/ans” mark is incorporated into the design to commemorate the anniversary.
The reverse of the coin is struck in high relief providing more depth to the intricately engraved design. The coins are in “piedfort” format meaning that the coins are thicker than usual providing some unique character. The Royal Canadian Mint last offered a coin in piedfort format in 2010.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% silver with a weight of 31.39 grams and diameter of 34 mm. The coins carry the denomination of “5 Dollars” which has been used for the one ounce Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins since inception.
These coins is impressive in hand and is included among my favorite RCM product releases for the year.
The maximum mintage was 10,000 pieces with an ordering limit of 1 per household when offered on the RCM website. A quick sell out occurred, although the coins remain available from other sources close to the original issue price of $99.95.
This morning, the Royal Canadian Mint has started accepting pre-orders for their latest batch of new product releases. Logged in Master’s Club members can view the new products here. Full coverage will be provided once ordering opens for the general public on November 5.