2013 $10 FINE SILVER COIN - O CANADA SERIES – MAPLE LEAF
The eleventh coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new O Canada series focusing on iconic Canadian images, this beautiful maple leaf coin celebrates Canada’s heritage and unique place on the world stage.
The central field of the reverse design by Canadian artist Emily Damstra features a hand holding three maple leaves with pride. Reaching from the right side of the bottom half of the central field, the hand grasps the stems of the leaves. In front and at the far left is a Douglas Maple leaf (Acer glabrum var. douglasii). In the centre is a Mountain Maple leaf (Acer spicatum). On the right and further back are the distinctive lobes of a Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum).
- This is the eleventh coin in the Royal Canadian Mint’s exciting new O Canada ½ oz silver coin series. Rendered in 99.99% pure silver with limited mintages, this coin is sure to be sought after by collectors.
- This beautiful silver coin comes in a clamshell case encased in a special full-colour beauty box.
- Engraved in exquisite detail to celebrate one of Canada’s most important national icons.
- A great gift and collectible to celebrate Canada’s natural wonders, Canadian history, and the country’s unique iconography.
- An excellent addition to any collection focused around nature or Canadiana.
Item Number: 121962
Face Value: 10 dollars
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 15.87
Diameter (mm): 34
Artist: Emily Damstra
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a customized full color sleeve.
Finished size: 67 mm x 67 mm
Advertising Date: November 4, 2012
Launch Date: November 5, 2013
Complete certificate text:
Canada’s national identity is much like its majestic landscape: diverse, storied, and sometimes elusive. In the ever-changing tectonics of Canadian culture, identifiers tend to reflect the nation’s natural assets and social and political institutions. Born of this complex background, Canadian icons are distinct because they carry meaning for all Canadians, regardless of where we live or how we came to be here. These are the images that plumb the depths of Canadian pride and kindle Canadians’ love for their home.
Strong and Free: The Maple Leaf
From backpackers in Berlin to peacekeepers in Pakistan, Canadians are immediately identifiable by a singular image they faithfully sport on pins, badges, and appliques: the red maple leaf.
This cipher has symbolized Canada and Canadians for two hundred years. Early in the colonial history of Canada, the maple leaf came to be celebrated in song and verse as a distinctly Canadian symbol, and Canadians from all walks of life wore symbolic maple markers, such as lapel pins, with pride. Ultimately, a representation of the maple leaf came to sit at the very centre of the country’s national marker: the Canadian flag.
In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson sought to replace Canada’s British-derived flag in order to promote Canadian identity and unity in anticipation of the upcoming centennial of Confederation in 1967. From various design submissions, the parliamentary committee responsible for this task ultimately chose a red stylized maple leaf on a white ground flanked by two red bars. The colours red and white had been Canada’s national colours since 1921, and the red maple leaf had been in official use by the Canadian military and by Canadian Olympic athletes since the turn of the 20th century.
In addition to the maple leaf’s presence on the national flag and various provincial flags and coats of arms, the country’s coinage has featured individual maple leaves, maple wreaths, and maple boughs in various forms since the country introduced its own currency in the Victorian era. The maple leaf was present on all Canadian coins from 1876 to 1901 and appeared on Canadian 1-cent pieces until the penny’s production ended in 2012.
A Canadian Icon
The shady depths and sunny heights of Canada’s vast broadleaf forests are dominated by the hardy maple, a species that has come to represent Canadians’ stalwart spirit and deep connection to the rugged natural landscape of their home. With this symbol, Canadians tell the world about their pride in the northern wilderness and their ability to thrive within it.