2016 $10 Silver Maple Leaves Coin in 1/2 Oz Size

The Royal Canadian Mint today introduced its latest coin featuring maple leaves, this one in one-half ounce of 99.99% pure silver and in unique finish that combines a brilliant and frosted relief over a lined background.

2016 $10 Maple Leaves Silver Coin

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Its smaller size makes it more affordable at CAD $29.95, or about US $23. Last year’s issue, according to the Mint, was among its bestselling coins. It sold out at a mintage of 25,000. This year’s release has a higher limit of 30,000 coins.

Designed by Canadian artist Donna Kriekle, the reverse features the evolution of a sugar maple leaf with each element paralleling the artist’s family tree, with each generation represented by the leaf’s different stage of growth. As described by the Mint:

  • the winged maple key known as a samara (bottom left) represents the children, and the promise of new life;
  • the curved appearance of the branch follows the progression of time, as gentle flowers turn into young leaves;
  • the deeply veined appearance of the mature leaf then gives way to the broad, elder leaf in autumn.

Reverse inscriptions include CANADA, 2016 10 DOLLARS and DK for the artist’s initials.


Obverses depict Susanna Blunt’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with surrounding inscriptions of ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.

Coins are 15.87 grams in weight, have a diameter of 34 millimeters and have serrated edge.

Order the 2016 $10 Silver Maple Leaves Coin from the Royal Canadian Mint’s website at mint.ca. An affiliate link to the Mint’s produce page for the coin is right hereicon.

Each coin arrives encapsulated and within a Mint-branded presentation case and includes a serialized certificate.

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