Set of 4 x 45th Anniversary of the Gold Maple Leaf Gold Coins | Royal Canadian Mint
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Celebrate a GML anniversary with this set, in which the 1 oz. coin is marked by a SAPPHIRE dewdrop.
Canada’s Gold Maple Leaf (GML) bullion coin celebrates its sapphire (45th) anniversary in 2024, and we’re marking the occasion in a very special way on this pure gold fractional set. As with previous gold fractional sets, your four coins feature an inspiring maple leaf portrait that is pure Canadiana in 99.99% pure gold. The double dates (“1979—2024”) commemorate the GML’s sapphire (45th) anniversary, as does the blue sapphire droplet that adorns the 1 oz. piece.
Shimmering like a drop of dew in the morning light, the sapphire is a sparkling nod to the first GML issued in 1979, when it featured Arnold Machin’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse—the same effigy that appears here.
The only gold fractional set launching in 2023 features a sapphire water drop.
- Celebrate the GML’s sapphire (45th) anniversary. The four coins in this fractional set—1 oz. (30 mm), ¼ oz. (20 mm), 1/10 oz. (16 mm) and 1/20 oz. (14.1 mm)—are all double-dated to commemorate the Gold Maple Leaf (GML) bullion coin’s 45th anniversary in 2024.
- A rarity. Our only gold fractional set launching in 2023, this 2024 set features an extremely low mintage—450 sets. Don’t wait, order today!
- Reverse proof finish. A reverse proof finish—brilliant relief on frosted/matte field—puts extra emphasis (and shine) on the engraving.
- Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
- Special certificate. In addition to the serialized certificate, your coin comes with a special certificate that confirms the authenticity of your sapphire.
- No GST/HST.
A fitting anniversary tribute, the 1 oz. coin features a 0.35 carat genuine AAA royal blue sapphire shaped like a water droplet. It gracefully falls from the sugar maple leaf that provided the foundation for this unforgettable design.
Already a challenging design element, the intricate maple leaf portrait defies expectation and preserves its intricate details as the coins decrease in size.
Your four-coin set comes packaged in a red lacquer case with a black set-up box.
DID YOU KNOW?
The sapphire has long been regarded as a symbol of the heavens due to its deep blue colour. It is also associated with royalty, and it is both the traditional and modern gift for celebrating a 45TH wedding anniversary. It’s also September’s birthstone.
Depicted on the obverse of these four coins, the late Queen Elizabeth II was the first British monarch to celebrate a Sapphire Jubilee or 65 years of reign, and several famous sapphire pieces were part of her priceless jewellery collection. To mark the occasion in 2017, which was also the 150TH anniversary of Canadian Confederation, then-Governor General David Johnston presented a special gift from Canada: a diamond and blue sapphire brooch. A diamond and sapphire set given to her by her father, King George VI, as a wedding gift in 1947 were also among her favourite jewels.
The leaves on these coins are from the sugar maple, Acer saccharum. True to its name, the sugar maple tree’s sap has the highest concentration of sugar, and that’s why this Canadian maple is prized by maple syrup producers. A sugar maple leaf also inspired the design for the first GML bullion coin issued in 1979; created by former RCM Master Engraver Walter Ott (1920-2020), that lone maple leaf has become the signature design for all of Canada’s Maple Leaf bullion coins and special issues.
Your four coins share the same reverse design by Claudio D’Angelo. Each one features two sugar maple leaves (Acer saccharum) on a twig, accompanied by the double dates “1979—2024” commemorating the 45TH or sapphire anniversary of Canada’s Gold Maple Leaf (GML) bullion coin. On the 1 oz. coin, a royal blue sapphire is shaped like a water droplet that elegantly falls from the largest engraved leaf. On all four coins, the reverse includes the words “CANADA”, the coin’s purity and weight, and the year “2024”. Like the first GML issued in 1979, each obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin.
ABOUT THE ROYAL CANADIAN MINT
The Royal Canadian Mint is known as one of the most reputable mints in the world. The Ottawa Branch of the Royal Mint opened in 1908 and was renamed The Royal Canadian Mint in 1931 when control was transferred to the Canadian government. The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for producing some of the highest quality and purity of gold and silver bullion coins and bars in the world. Their high standards for excellence and quality allowed them to be the first refinery to manufacture 9999 fine gold bullion coins in 1982, as well as the first to reach 99999 fine gold purity in 1999.
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