2018 Silver 1 oz Canada Maple Leaf Dog Privy
The Silver Maple Leaf stands as one of the most highly respected investment bullion coins on the global market. Since its introduction in 1988, investors have actively relied on the consistency of its performance. Not only so, there have also been major strides to provide greatly enhanced anti-counterfeiting security features integrated into each coin. RCM's Maple Leaf is recognized as one of the most secure bullion coins available. This 2018 Silver 1 oz Canada Maple Leaf Dog Privy is a stunning example of RCM's fine craftsmanship!
Silver Maple Leaf Lunar Privy Series
The Royal Canadian Mint continues its extremely popular Silver Maple Leaf Lunar Privy series, celebrating the 2018 Year of the Dog. Following the huge success of the 2017 Year of the Rooster privy, this 2018 SML Year of the Dog privy is certain to make its mark! Struck in BU reverse-proof finish, both the iconic maple leaf and the dog privy display a stunning mirror shine. This effect is heightened by the overall frosted background. The obverse also features the reverse-proof, allowing Queen Elizabeth's portrait to glisten beautifully against the frosted background.
The Chinese zodiac lunar calendar is based on Chinese astrology and is represented by 12 animals. Every 12 years, each of the animals repeat their place in the cycle. The 2018 Year of the Dog begins February 16 and completes its influence on February 4, 2019. According to this tradition, those whose birth year fell during the Year of the Dog, also fall under its influence. The birth years for people in the Chinese Lunar Dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.
One of the traditions often included in celebrating the Chinese Lunar New Year is that of gifting. The giving of a thoughtful token is accompanied with the hope for good fortune to bless the recipient's home. What could be more thoughtful than the gift of a fine silver coin designed to honor the Chinese New Year?
- 2018 Silver 1 oz Canada Maple Leaf Dog Privy.
- Contains 1 troy oz of .9999 fine silver.
- Limited mintage of only 100,000.
- Unique security features.
- Obverse: Proudly features the right-facing profile of Queen Elizabeth II in reverse-proof brilliance, along with the year and face value.
- Reverse: Displays the iconic Canada maple leaf struck in reverse-proof, mirror brilliance against a frosted background. The featured dog privy mark is a very handsome Labrador retriever, located to the left of the leaf's stem. Inscriptions include the coin's weight and purity.
- $5 (CAD) face value.
- Sovereign coin backed by the Canadian government.
The Canada Silver Maple Leaf (SML) continues to be one of the most highly sought-after bullion investment coins in the world. The SML is struck in .9999 fine silver at 1 troy ounce (31.11 grams) and has the highest face value on the market for any comparable silver bullion coin. All Silver Maple Leaf's produced from 2014 forward have unique features for enhanced security, also increasing their global popularity.
The Silver Maple Leaf is not only held for its investment value. This beautiful bullion coin is also followed by collectors of fine bullion coins. With each annual release, collectors quickly add to their SML holdings. The coin's simple elegance proudly presents a stunning and iconic emblem of Canada, the maple leaf.
Unique Security Features
The first security feature includes a small textured maple leaf, micro-engraved with laser technology on the reverse side. It displays the last two digits of the release year.
A second visual security feature includes the radial lines in the Silver Maple Leaf's field. They have been precisely machined to within microns on the master tooling to ensure reproducibility from die to die and coin to coin. The uniqueness of the line width and pitch gives a characteristic look, creating a light-diffracting pattern specific to this coin. These features combined represent the true cutting-edge of coin security.
A third security feature is now available for both the silver and gold Maple Leaf's. Marketed by RCM as, "Bullion DNA," this feature provides a near instantaneous authentication of individual Maple Leaf's that have the micro-engraved maple leaf privy mark. As described by the mint:
"Every die used to produce the Gold and Silver Maple Leaf coins is laser micro-engraved with an anti-counterfeiting security mark: a textured maple leaf. Our registration process – digital non-destructive activation (DNA) technology – captures images encrypted with a string of code, and stores these in our secure database. Using the specialised device, approved Bullion DNA dealers can easily verify the authenticity of registered Gold and Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins in three easy steps."