Canada’s gold Maple Leafs are popular the world over, particularly
in India and the Far East where pure gold is the most accepted and familiar form of gold bullion,
even in small weights. Gold Maples are also a favorite with jewelers everywhere, because pure
gold bullion is easily alloyed to produce the desired color and hardness.
Canadian gold Maple Leafs were first produced in 1979, during
one of the wildest years in gold trading of the 20th Century (see Charts section, and notice
1979 gold prices spike from $220 to over $600 during 1979). At that time, the only one ounce
gold bullion coin available was the Krugerrand, struck in South Africa in the traditional 22-karat
gold purity typical of coinage throughout history.
Canadian Maple Leafs pioneered the concept of gold coins without
alloy – just a round disc of 99.9% pure gold that doesn't need the strengthening of an
alloy, because the coin will never circulate or be handled. It was an immediate success, and
by the early 1980’s was actually outselling the Krugerrand, which had been the only one
ounce gold bullion coin available since its debut in 1967.
We sell mint condition one ounce gold Maples in the tubes of
ten coins as issued by the Royal Canadian Mint. The fractional size Maples come individually
sealed in plastic sheets, and therefore they unfortunately take up a lot of space per ounce