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Canadian Gold Coins: Maple Leaf

Canadian Gold Coins

Canadian gold coins are among the most popular gold coins in the world, recognized and coveted by investors everywhere. The coins have risen to prominence, in part because they are beautifully made and in part because of Canada’s complex but rich gold history.

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The remarkable story dates back to the middle of the 19th Century when Canada was fighting for a national currency of its own. Political leaders wanted to promote commerce. For the Canadian dollar to be trusted by the nation’s trading partners, it was made redeemable in gold. The gold backing meant Canada needed to build a stockpile of gold reserves.

The proposal to build a mint to produce the nation’s coinage was first made in 1890. However, it wasn’t until 1908 that Canada actually completed the construction of the Royal Canadian Mint.

Today, the mint produces coins in both gold and silver, known for their .9999 purity. These include the Gold Maple Leaf Coins of course - Canada’s most iconic coin. The mint also produces commemorative and limited-issue coins depicting important historical events, such as the gold rush in the Klondike, and Canadian wildlife.

Why Buy Canadian Gold Coins?

The most popular Canadian gold coin is the “Maple Leaf.” Coin lovers appreciate the striking symbol of Canada - the maple leaf - stamped on the coin’s reverse and its purity at .9999 fine gold (or 24 carats). It is one of the purest gold coins in the world. The Royal Canadian Mint even produces limited mintages of gold coins which are “5 nines” pure (.99999).

Buyers are guaranteed exact weight and purity by the Canadian government. Each Maple Leaf 1 oz coin has a face value of 50 Canadian dollars (at the time of this writing), and the coins carry legal tender status.

The one-ounce Maple Leaf was introduced in 1979. Today, it is available in a variety of popular sizes ranging from 1 gram to 1 oz. The Royal Canadian Mint has also produced smaller runs of larger gold coins. In 2007 the mint produced 5 coins weighing 100 Kg (220 lbs). Each was denominated at 1 million dollars.

Buyers cannot go wrong buying Canadian bullion. It is very difficult indeed to find better-recognized and more finely crafted coins.

How are Canadian Gold Coins Made?

The process starts in Canadian gold mines where producers extract the ore. The ore generally undergoes at least one refining pass before leaving the mine. The ore is converted to concentrate or dore bars which have higher purity.

The Royal Canadian Mint can accept metal at this stage and remove the remaining impurities by processing at its in-house refinery. This capability sets Canada’s mint apart from many other sovereign mints - including the US Mint - which typically procures metal after it has been refined and converted to coin blanks.

Once refined, the gold is poured into ingots, then rolled into flat strips. These strips are stamped into the coin blanks which can then be sent through the minting press.

Why Choose Canadian Gold Coins Over Gold Rounds or Bars?

Gold coins provide the maximum in terms of trust and liquidity. Because Canadian coins are backed by the Canadian government, buyers can be assured of both weight and purity. And, because coins are traded in such massive quantities, they are always easy to both buy and sell.

Canadian bullion coins are legal tender and come in several denominations.

Coins also carry a special appeal - much like miniature works of art. Designs include iconic Canadian wildlife and interesting historical events - such as the Winter Olympic Games held in Vancouver in 2010.

How to Buy Canadian Gold Coins?

Before buying silver or gold bullion online, we always recommend customers verify the dealer has a good reputation and fair pricing. The best dealers have happy customers talking about the buying and selling experiences online. They have excellent quality controls to ensure every item shipped is genuine. And they publish competitive pricing online, making it easy for customers to shop and compare.

Money Metals Exchange, founded in 2010, enjoys an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. Prospective customers can visit the website to see a long list of positive reviews left by other clients.

Our size and reach as a national dealer means our pricing is hard to beat. We’re proud enough to publish both buy and sell prices for every item we carry - live. You can transact with confidence.

Money Metals Exchange offers Canadian Gold Coins for Sale from The Royal Canadian Mint, including:

How Do You Sell Gold Coins?

Whether buying or selling, it is important to choose your dealer wisely. Reputable dealers always make payments promptly and offer convenient options for delivering payments.

If you are looking to sell your gold coins Money Metals Exchange makes it easy. We offer some of the highest prices on the market when you are ready to sell. You can take advantage of our very high transaction volume - meaning we can operate on much lower profit margins than most local coin shops.

And, unlike many dealers, Money Metals Exchange will happily buy your Candian gold coins, pre-1933 coins, and more, from customers who originally purchased the items somewhere else.

When Should I Sell My Gold Coins?

Our recommendation is for people to accumulate gold to protect their wealth against ongoing price inflation and geopolitical uncertainty. We believe everyone should hold some metal through good times and bad. You can think of it as financial insurance - much akin to life insurance.

That said, individual investors may decide it is a good time to sell some metal for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they need funds to take advantage of another investment opportunity or need to take care of some bills.


Canadian Gold Coins are always a fine addition to any portfolio. Their purity, beauty, and recognizability make them easy to buy and easy to sell.