It's been 30 years since the first release of the Canadian Maple leaf back in 1988. The Royal Canadian Mint has released this special edition Incuse Maple Leaf to commemorate the occasion. From afar, the coin appears equal to that of the 2018 1 oz Silver Bullion Coin previously issued, but upon further inspection the Maple Leaf on the reverse and the Queen's portrait on the obverse, are both incuse or set in.
This type of strike was previously seen on the U.S. Mint's $2.50 and $5 Gold Indian Head Coins. They are struck from dies with recessed fields. Therefore the devices – the raised areas of a coins design – are recessed or concave on the coins. In numismatics, this is known as incuse.
NEW for 2018 is the Royal Canadian Mint's MINTSHIELD™ technology! This special coating on the surface of the coin helps prevent and reduce the occurrence of milk spots. It is invisible to the naked eye and does not change the coin or purity (other than protecting it). While most numismatists do not know what causes milk spots, everyone can agree that it is an undesirable discoloration of the coins surface.
DENOMINATION: $5.00 CAD
MINT: Royal Canadian Mint
MINTAGE: Limit of 6,500
WEIGHT: 1 troy oz.
PURITY: 99.9% fine silver
DIAMETER: 38 mm
OBVERSE FEATURES:A sunken or incuse portrait of her Majesty the Queen along with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, 5 DOLLARS and 2018.
REVERSE FEATURES: The classic Maple Leaf design that's widely known as a Canadian symbol is shown incuse or set in below the reverse field. Also incorporated into the design is a mini Maple Leaf privy with the number 18 in the center - an added security feature to ensure its authenticity.
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