Much has changed since 1988, when the Silver Maple Leaf (SML) was first introduced to the world. Thirty-five years later, Canada's bullion maple leaf appears untouched by time on our coins, where its beauty has been enhanced by different finishes and technologies over the years-including Ultra High Relief, as seen on this 99.99% pure silver collectible. On the coin's reverse, selective gold plating adds a celebratory gleam to the SML on its 35th anniversary, and highlights the 1.4 mm peak relief height first introduced on the 2022 UHR SML.
The coin's reverse features Walter Ott's Silver Maple Leaf (SML) design, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2023. Struck in Ultra High Relief, the iconic maple leaf is plated with yellow gold and surrounded by the words "CANADA", "FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR" and the purity standard of "9999".
The rim is also plated with yellow gold on both sides, while the obverse features the gold-plated effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt. The obverse also bears a special marking that includes four pearls symbolizing the four effigies that have graced Canadian coins and the double date of her reign. Like the first Ultra High Relief (UHR) Silver Maple Leaf (SML) issued in 2022, this 2023 collector piece is crafted in 1 oz. Of 99.99% pure silver and features Ultra High Relief on its reverse, where the SML design rises to an incredible height. The reverse features a peak relief height of 1.4 mm-higher than a typical 1 oz.
SML, which celebrates its 35th anniversary in 2023. New for 2023, yellow gold plating highlights the rim on both sides of the coin, the effigy on the obverse, and the UHR maple leaf on the reverse. This creates a stunning colour contrast-it's even more beautiful in person!
Thanks to the coin's reverse proof finish, the golden UHR maple leaf truly shimmers and pops against the frosted field. The SML is one of the Royal Canadian Mint's most popular annual offerings and it tends to sell out quickly. Mintage is limited to 8,000 worldwide.
Packaging: The coin is encapsulated and presented in a black Royal Canadian Mint-branded clamshell with a black beauty box. We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior.