The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the most respected precious metal refiners in the world. Responsible for the production of Canadian bullion coinage, circulation currency, and gold bullion bars, the Royal Canadian Mint fills a variety of roles for the government of Canada. The RCM is well known for its Canadian Maple Leaf Series, but look deeper and you’ll find a variety of other products available to purchase online. Explore the many precious metal options available from the RCM right now at JM Bullion.
Without question, the Canadian Maple Leaf Series of bullion coins represents the most popular choice from the RCM. The coins are available in gold, silver, platinum, and palladium. Each of the coins has their own, unique history that starts with the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin.
The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf was introduced in 1979 as a .999 pure gold coin and was just the second gold bullion coin offered to private investors behind the 1967 introduction of the South African Gold Krugerrand. Since November 1982, the Gold Maple Leaf has been struck with .9999 pure gold content. It was the first .9999 pure gold coin in the world and is today available in 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/20 oz options.
The Silver Canadian Maple Leaf coin was introduced in 1988 and was just the third silver bullion coin introduced behind the Chinese Silver Panda and American Silver Eagle. The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf was the world’s first-ever .9999 pure silver coin and is available, like many other silver bullion coins, in 1 Troy oz weight.
The Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf Coin has a unique history. The coins were introduced in 1988 alongside the Silver Maple Leaf, with available weights including a 1 Troy oz coin as well as fractional weights of 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz. In 1993, a 1/20 oz coin was added and the Platinum Maple Leaf continued until 2002 when it was suspended. The RCM reintroduced the Platinum Maple Leaf in 2009, but this time it was only available as a 1 Troy oz coin, with all coins featuring .9995 pure platinum.
Finally, there is the Canadian Palladium Maple Leaf. This coin has had a rocky past. It was originally offered from 2005 to 2007, again in 2009, and has seen regular production since 2015. The Palladium Maple Leaf contains .9995 pure palladium and is available only in a 1 Troy oz weight.
Beginning in the 2010s, the Royal Canadian Mint issued a variety of commemorative gold and silver bullion coin collections. Among these collections, most had .9999 pure metal content whether it was gold or silver. The following is a list of some of the popular series issued by the Royal Canadian Mint during this time period, some of which are no longer in production while others remain ongoing:
The Royal Canadian Mint is one of the few major mint institutions in the world, along with the Perth Mint of Australia, to offer investors the option of purchasing .9999 pure gold bullion bars as well as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium coinage. The Royal Canadian Mint’s gold bars for sale come in a variety of weights, but all feature the same design elements. The official logo of the RCM is featured on the obverse side, a Canadian maple leaf with the name of the mint in both English and French. Original bars ship inside of protective packaging and come with an assay card.
The above covers only the most prominent Canadian precious metals. The Royal Canadian Mint offers a diverse array of gold and silver coins, with both colorized, gilded, proof, and reverse proof options available. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to JM Bullion. Our customer service team is available to you at 800-276-6508, online using our live chat, and via our email address.