Since 1988, the Royal Canadian Mint has been producing beautiful silver bullion coins, as well as medals and medallions. Many of the mints creations are considered must-have items, especially the silver coins that are becoming scarce and extremely difficult to find. Having said that, both the Royal Canadian Mint’s earlier and later coin offerings are highly desired for their impressive value and artistry.
Canadian Silver Coins are also favored for their high silver content of .9999 pure silver. From the iconic Canadian Maple Leaf Coin to the irresistible Wild Canadian Series and Canadian Silver Bison Coin, collectors and investors around the globe can’t get enough of Canada’s finest silver bullion products.
The Royal Canadian Mint has released a wide variety of attractive silver bullion coin designs over the years, as well as special edition coins. Below are just a few of the most popular Canadian Silver Coins that are celebrated by silver bullion hobbyists.
The most well-known of the Canadian Silver Coins has to be none other than the Canadian Maple Leaf, introduced to the world in 1988. It’s actually the official bullion coin of the Royal Canadian Mint and has been created on a yearly basis for more than 25 years. Available in both bullion and proof versions, this 1 oz. coin has a face value of $5 (CAD) and contains .9999 pure silver. The obverse of the Canadian Maple Leaf Coin features a right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and the reverse depicts the image of the sugar maple leaf.
Between 2011 and 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint released the Canadian Wildlife Series, which features some of the world’s most desired silver coins. This is a limited series which includes six different designs, such as:
Each coin has a higher than average .9999 level of purity and every design has a limited mintage of 1,000,000. On the obverse side of each Canadian Wildlife Series Coin is the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, and the reverse features an image of the animal relating to the specific coin.
After the success of the Canadian Wildlife Series, The Royal Canadian Mint launched the Wild Canada Coin Series. Like the Canadian Wildlife Series, six coins will be released over three years featuring either a grizzly bear, timber wolf, moose, cougar, wood bison or pronghorn antelope. However, on the reverse of each Wild Canada Coin, the Royal Canadian Mint has chosen to feature the iconic sugar maple leaf design from the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin and a much smaller image of each of the animals. The obverse side of each coin will display the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Struck in a reverse proof finish, this series was introduced in 2016 with mintages limited to 50,000 coins per design.
Before the Royal Canadian Mint existed, the Royal Mint in London, England was responsible for producing Canada’s coinage. It wasn’t until 1912 when the Department of Finance instructed Canada to produce the first ever official Canadian coins, and the Royal Mint opened a branch in Ottawa. Then, in 1976, another facility was created in Winnipeg to enable the Ottawa branch to focus on creating collectible Canadian Silver and Gold Coins.
The Royal Canadian Mint eventually went on to be one of the most technically advanced mints in the world and was the first to create the .9999 pure gold bullion coin. But that’s not all. The mint boasted many other world firsts including being the only mint to issue .99999 pure gold bullion coins and produce the first million dollar face value coin.
Canadian Silver Coins come in all sizes and variations, some of which are of limited mintages. The limited-edition coins are often hard to come by because many collectors snap them up as soon as they appear on the market. Then there is the fast-selling Canadian Silver Coins, such as the in-demand $20 for $20 Series where the Royal Canadian Mint has restricted buyers to purchasing no more than three per household.
With such an eye-catching array of designs to choose from, you’re really spoiled for choice when it comes to Canadian Silver Coins. From pieces that celebrate Canada’s wonderful wildlife to silver bullion that honors the nation’s landmarks and historical figures, finding the right coin at Capital Gold Group is easy. Don’t forget, we’re also able to fulfil any unique order requests, so please don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.