The Royal Canadian Mint has announced special edition 2013 Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the offering.
Previously, the RCM has issued several numismatic products to mark the 25th anniversary of the Silver Maple Leaf, including a fractional set, 1 oz silver proof coin with selective gold plating, two 5 oz silver coins, and the recent high relief piedfort coin. In contrast, the new offering will be a bullion coin with a modified design, which should be available for only a modest mark up compared to the regular bullion coins.
The reverse design of the 2013 25th Anniversary Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin features the well known Walter Ott maple leaf design with the large number “25″ interlaced. The obverse contains the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Susanna Blunt.
Each coin carries a face value of $5 and contains the standard one troy once of .9999 fine silver. As with regular Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins, they will come packaged in mint tubes containing 25 coins, with full “monster boxes” containing 500 coins.
The RCM’s Ottawa facility will produce a limited mintage of one million of the special 25th anniversary edition bullion coin. In comparison, the regular 2013-dated 1 oz Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins have reached sales of 12.1 million through the first half of the year and are produced to demand.
The special edition coins will be distributed through bullion channels and not sold directly by the RCM to the public. Several bullion dealers are already accepting pre-orders for the coins with prices a few dollars above regular 1 oz silver bullion coins and shipping dates in the last week of November.
The special design and limited mintage makes this offering similar to the Canadian Wildlife Silver Bullion Coin Series which included six different designs dated from 2011 to 2013. Each design was limited to a mintage one million pieces. The earliest designs sold out quickly and command premiums.