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One Ounce Gold Mixed-Date Canadian Maple Leaf Bullion Coins (Best Value)

One Ounce Canadian Gold Maple

Buy a One Ounce Gold Mixed-Date Canadian Maple Leaf Bullion Coins (Best Value)

(VAT Exempt)
The Canadian gold Maple Leaf is the original 24 carat 1oz gold bullion coin. First issued by the Royal Canadian Mint in 1979, they have been a staple of the bullion marketplace for decades and are as popular as ever with collectors and investors alike. These gold 1 ounce Maples are from our 'best value' range, chosen at random from our current inventory. This allows us to offer them at extremely competitive premiums. The obverse of these gold coins shows one of three Canadian portraits of Queen Elizabeth II alongside the date and the face value ($50 / Fifty Canadian Dollars). On the reverse is the instantly recognisable symbol of Canada from which the bullion coin gets its name from: the Maple Leaf. Royal Canadian Mint engraver Walter Ott was responsible for the reverse engraving, which has been used on every single coin since it was released. Gold Maple Leaves issued between 1979 and 1982 have a fineness of 0.999, with coins issued from 1983 onwards being 0.9999 fine. They weigh a total of 31.11 grams and measure 30.00 millimetres in diameter. All these coins are pre-owned, having been expertly authenticated by our team in Royal Wootton Basset. They qualify as investment gold under current HMRC rules, meaning they are sold VAT-free. Included in the price is free, fully insured UK delivery.
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1oz gold Candian Maple Leaf coins from our best value bullion range.

1oz Canadian Maple Leaf Coins

The gold Maple Leaf coins were first produced by the Royal Canadian Mint in 1979. They quickly became popular, mainly because the gold Krugerrand was associated with Apartheid South Africa. These new gold coins were composed of exactly one troy ounce of gold, stuck to a fineness of 0.999 (24 carat) with a diameter of 30.00 millimetres. Although they qualify as VAT exempt, they’re liable for capital gains tax in the UK as they don’t have a legal tender face value in pounds sterling.

Beginning in late 1982, the fineness was changed to 0.9999. This made the coins ‘4-nine’ fine, bestowing them a reputation as one of the purest precious metal coins in the world.

A few decades later you can also buy silver Maple Leafs, fractional issues and a range of collectable proof editions, but the original gold 1 oz Maple Leaf is the original Canadian precious metal coin. For UK buyers the big benefit remains their VAT free status, making them a particularly attractive investment option.

Best Value Gold Bullion Coins

You'll receive the genuine article in our choice of date from our current stock of gold Maples. If you're looking for a particular date then get in touch: we could have the specific coin you’re after.

“We carefully authenticate all our gold Maple Leaf coins at The Britannia Coin Company, utilising XRF technology and our decades of experience.”

Like all bullion coins, you might find minor bag marks or scratches on these 1oz gold coins. This is perfectly normal for mass-produced coins; none of these will be significant enough to impact the weight of the coin and the bullion value will not be affected. 

We also stock 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz fractional gold Maple Leafs as well as the silver 1oz edition.

Is Pre-Owned Gold Worth Less?

These gold bullion 1oz Maple Leaf coins are pre-owned. We make sure all our pre-owned bullion coins are the correct weight and are of bullion standard before offering them for sale. 

Some investors are comfortable with purchasing pre-owned gold as it’s just the bullion value of the metal they are interested in investing in. The main consideration for them is pre-owned gold is generally cheaper, premiums wise, than gold in new condition. Whether they are new or second-hand, these coins contain exactly the same amount of pure gold: one troy ounce each.

Another reflection on buying gold bullion is the rate which dealers will offer for it once you want to sell it on. In the vast majority of cases, bullion dealers will offer the same buy rate for Maples which have been pre-owned as with Maples which were bought new.

Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint (RCM, French: Monnaie Royale Canadienne) is the national mint of Canada, established in January 1908 when the nation was part of the British Empire as the Dominion of Canada. Originally based in Ottawa, the RCM moved the vast majority of its minting capacity to larger facilities in Winnipeg in 1976, but still retains its headquarters in the Canadian capital.

The RCM produces all of Canada’s circulating coinage, as well as coinage for other nations. On top of this, it also produces commemorative coinage intended for collectors and precious metal bullion coins for individual investors all over the world. British Sovereign coin collectors will know that the RCM, then operating as the Ottawa branch mint of The Royal Mint, produced gold Sovereigns from 1908 to 1919. Nowadays, the RCM’s flagship precious metal coin is the Canadian Maple Leaf, which is available in gold, silver, platinum and palladium.

Not only is the Royal Canadian Mint a world-class coin producer, it’s also a reputable precious metals refinery, becoming a member of the London Bullion Market’s ‘Good Delivery List’ in 1919. Today, it remains an integral member of the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), the independent body now responsible for the oversight of the Good Delivery List. Gold bars and silver bars produced by the RCM are readily available worldwide.

Queen Elizabeth II on Canadian Coins

You'll find one of three royal portraits of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse of our best value gold 1oz Maples. Over the years, effigies by Arnold Machin (1979-1989), Dora de Pédery-Hunt (1990-2003) and Susanna Blunt (since 2004) have featured on these Canadian coins, along with the inscription: 'ELIZABETH II'. The obverse also features the face value: $50 / Fifty Dollars and the date. As of February 2023, it’s yet to be confirmed if King Charles III will feature on Canadian coinage.

The reverse, by Walter Ott, has remained largely unchanged since these coins were introduced. It features the national symbol of Canada - the maple leaf - rendered boldly and realistically in the centre of the coin with 'CANADA' above and the composition below: 'FINE GOLD 1 OZ OR PUR'. In 2013 a second, laser-engraved maple leaf was offed to the reverse as a security feature, followed in 2015 with radial background lines to both sides.

Why Buy Gold Maple Leaf Coins?

There’s range of great reasons why you should consider adding gold Maple Leaf coins to your investment portfolio.

  • 24 carat gold: since 1982 Maple bullion 1oz coins are minted using 0.9999 fine gold, an incredibly high purity for gold
  • VAT free: these coins qualify as investment gold under current HMRC rules, which exempts them from value added tax (VAT)
  • Global reputation: Gold Maples are recognised all over the world and are easy to buy and sell wherever you are
  • First 24 carat gold coin: Originally introduced in 1979, what sets gold Maples apart is that they were the main bullion alternative to South African Krugerrands
  • Attractive design: A simple yet attractive reverse design of a Maple Leaf makes the coins aesthetically pleasing
  • Low premiums: pre-owned Maples are sold at a low margin above the live spot price 

Sell Gold Maples

The Britannia Coin Company offers market-leading prices for bullion coins and bars, including Canadian Maple Leaf coins. Have a look at our Sell Your Coins page for more information and how to get a custom quote for your bullion coins.


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