The Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf is the official bullion platinum coin of Canada. First issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 1988, it was available until 2002 in five different denominations, all of which are marked as containing .9995 pure platinum. The bullion coin was partly reintroduced in 2009 in the form of the 1 troy ounce denomination in .9999 purity, featuring a new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. These coins have legal tender status in Canada, but as is often the case with bullion coins, the face values of these coins is lower than the marketplace price of the material from which the coin is made. In 2012, the Platinum Maple Leaf was “the world’s best selling platinum coin”.
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .9995 pure platinum in brilliant uncirculated condition.
- $50 (CAD) issued by the Canadian government.
- Queen Elizabeth II is depicted on the obverse.
- A sugar maple leaf is featured on the reverse
Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf coins include a security feature that the Royal Canadian Mint uses on its major bullion coins. This includes radial lines in the background field of both the obverse and reverse side, with a laser-engraved maple leaf privy mark on the reverse that includes the final two digits of the date mark as 20.