The Royal Canadian Mint introduced the Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf bullion coin, as well as the Silver Maple Leaf, in 1988 after the success of its sister coin, the Gold Maple Leaf. Reintroduced by the RCM in 2009, the 1-ounce Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf is one of the purest platinum bullion coins in the market, holding a long-standing spot as the standard platinum coin in platinum trading. Struck in .9995 fine platinum with a face value of 50 Canadian dollars, the Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf bullion coin is legal tender backed by the Canadian government.
The original Platinum Maple Leaf, produced from 1988 to 2002, came in 1-ounce, 1/2-ounce, 1/4-ounce, 1/10-ounce and 1/20-ounce denominations. The maple leaf has been seen as a symbol of Canada since the eighteenth century, but it gained recognition as the official emblem of Canada in 1965 with its placement on the nation’s flag. The reverse of the 2015 Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf features the original sugar maple leaf engraving, designed by RCM in 1988. Light radial lines extend outward from the center of the coin toward its textured edges, creating a background that enhances the sharp borders and crisp details of the maple leaf focal point. “Canada” reads boldly across the top, following the curvature of the coin in the same manner as the English and French listing of the coin’s purity at the bottom: “Fine Platinum 1 Oz Platine Pur.” For additional coin security, a micro-engraved laser mark maple leaf surrounding the number “15” adorns the bottom right side of the reverse.
Canada’s use of the reigning monarch’s effigy on its coins has been in practice since the Royal Canadian Mint began production in 1908. Four different effigies of the current monarch, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, have appeared throughout her reign. The first effigy was created in 1953 when she was 27 years old. It was updated in 1965, and then redesigned in 1990 to feature Her Majesty at the age of 64. The obverse of the 2015 Canadian Platinum Maple Leaf spotlights the most recent effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In the right-profile portrait, designed by Canadian artist Susanna Blunt in 2003, Her Majesty is depicted for the first time without her crown, a choice that was also made by her father, George VI, in his 1937 effigy. Engraved around her image is the face value of the coin, the year of its minting and Her Majesty’s name, “Elizabeth II.” Paralleling the background pattern of the reverse, light radial lines radiate from the effigy to the outer edges.