New Look for Canadian Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coins

The Royal Canadian Mint’s 2015-dated Gold Maple Leaf bullion coins will include a new security enhancement which will give the coins a new appearance. A complex radial line finish has been added across the background fields of both the obverse and reverse design.

The same enhancement had been added to the Silver Maple Leaf starting with the 2014-dated issue, providing a much different and distinct look for the popular bullion issue. In a previous post, I had showcased some images of a 2014 Silver Maple Leaf that I had received in hand.

2015 Gold Maple Leaf obverse

Both the Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins now contain two security enhancement features which set the coins apart from other world bullion issues. The first is the complex finish, which consists of radial lines which emanate from the center of the coin and extend outwards. The lines are precisely machined with a specific width and pitch to create a light refracting pattern.


The second security feature is a micro-engraved laser mark present on the reverse of each coin. The mark consists of a textured maple leaf image with two digits placed at center representing the last two digits of the date of the coin.


The Royal Canadian Mint announced the new security enhancement in a press release issued this week, which also noted the sell out of the full one million coin mintage for the Bald Eagle design within the Canadian Birds of Prey 1 oz Silver Bullion Coin series.

The Birds of Prey series has featured the Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle for the 2014-dated issues. The final two coins of the series will be launched in 2015.

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  1. Hidalgo says

    1. I am looking forward to the last 2 Canadian bird of prey silver bullion coins. This series is a great one for my collection!

    2. The new security features on the Canadian gold and silver coins do not surprise me. I just received my 2015 silver Britannia 1 ounce coins. And the obverse and reverse are different compared to the ones issued in 2013 and 2014. The background fields on both sides are “textured” instead of smooth and shiny. So this would be another variation of the same coin. I wonder if it will be unique to the 2015 coins…. Time will tell.

  2. Keep Calm & Stack On says

    Samuel – milk spots on your Wedgies? Or haze around the rim? I’ll have to check mine over the Xmas break.

    I’m surprised the 15’s aren’t showing on the PM release schedule yet, this time last year GM had their slabbed one already. While the decision has already been made, I would really love to see a new Mercanti design for ’15 9 (not that the ’14 wasn’t incredible but to mix it up), and just run the series for 5 years. How impressive would that have been, five different WTE designs by Mercanti? That’s something I could have really gotten behind!

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