No collection of gold coins would be complete without one or more of the Canadian Maple Leaf coins in it. These coins are considered to be among the purest gold coins stuck in the world today, touting a content of .9999 percent gold. There are, however, some minted versions of this coin that go as far as being of .99999 percent pure but these are only available in special issues.
The coins themselves are available in the standard face value denominations of C$1, C$5, C$10, C$20 and C$50. These face values, as with other collectible gold coins, do not reflect in any way, that actual value of the coin for its gold content. The ounce weight of each coin moves up incrementally as the denomination rises from 1/20 oz. to 1 oz. and the coins are among the few in the world that are guaranteed to contain their correct weight in gold.
The design remains the same across all of the coins with the only difference being in the denominations and weight value of each different coin. In 1994, a 1/15 oz. coin with a $2.00 face value was issued for use in jewelry making and ornamental purposes. As the popularity of this particular minting did not catch on it was subsequently discontinued, leaving 1994 the only year that sized coin was offered.
The Canadian Maple Leaf coins also are available in both platinum and palladium along with the mint offering a hologram set that was the first of its kind for RCM engraving. Both the platinum and palladium coins offer a purity of .9995 and the platinum ones are offered in the same weights and denominations as the gold coin sizes. There was also a one-ounce silver version of this coin minted in 1988 carrying a face value of C$5.00.
The most unique Canadian Maple Leaf coin would have to be the 100 kilogram, 1 million dollar coin minting that took place in 2007. The actual gold value of this coin is a bit over 2 million dollars by weight and there were only five of these in existence as of May of that year. While the 2007 coin might be an interesting addition to any collection, odds are that most simply could not afford it and should likely stay with the smaller denominations and weights to add a unique touch to their collection.