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Canada 2013 25th Anniversary of the SML - Sugar Maple Piedfort $5 Pure Silver Maple Leaf Ultra High Relief Piedfort L10

Canada 2013 25th Anniversary of the SML - Sugar Maple Piedfort $5 Pure Silver Maple Leaf Ultra High Relief Piedfort L10

Manufacturer: Canada
SKU: 05056
Price: $149.95 $99.95
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Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Silver Maple Leaf with an unique, one-year-only-design on the Mint's SECOND EVER HIGH RELIEF, PIEDFORT (extra thick) silver maple - with a mintage limit of 10,000!

Sold out at the Mint!When Canada introduced the first Silver Maple Leaf in 1988, who knew that these would become the most popular and collected series of Canadian coins in history? Now, twenty-five years later, the mint is again making history with this stunning, pure silver proof with an unique, ultra high relief, one-year-only Sugar Maple leaves design! The Mint's first piedfort SML in three years (and only the second piedfort silver maple ever!), this coin features a handsome, one-year-only maple leaf design, commissioned specifically for this anniversary from Canadian artist Jean Louis Sirois! Even more significant is the tremendously low mintage limit of only 10,000, creating a exclusive opportunity for the savvy investor!

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Investment Note - Because of the popularity of Silver Maple Leaf and the very low mintage limit, a quick sell out was expected and has occurred on pre-release! We recommend immediate action if you wish to secure one of these proof maples for your collection. Do not delay!

A single, golden maple leaf! Don't forget these three great Canadian Silver Sets!
    2003 Hologram Silver Maple Leaf Fractional SML 5-Coin Set
    2012 Farewell to the Penny Pure Silver 5-Coin Set
    2013 Silver Maple 25th Fractional SML 5-Coin Set

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Why Buy This Coin?
• It is only the second high relief piedfort Silver Maple Leaf ever!
• Purest silver in the world - this Silver Maple Leaf is four 9s pure (.9999 fine)!
• Total worldwide mintage is only 10,000! We expect it to go quickly at the mint and increase in the aftermarket!
• Given its unique status, low mintage, and high profile, this will become one of the keys to the entire SML series.
• Every Silver Maple Leaf collector needs the unique one-ounce silver ample!

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The Orange Sugar Maple
Orange_Maple.jpg The pride and joy of maple syrup producers in Vermont, Ontario and Quebec (but present as far east as Nova Scotia and as far south as the state of Georgia), the Orange Sugar Maple (Acer Saccarum) is recognized around the world as the source of the sweetest, clearest maple syrup. It takes a great deal of work to produce this tree’s sweet, golden bounty: one quart (one liter) of syrup requires boiling down 10 gallons (40 liters) of sap!

A large-leafed, long-lived tree that often tops 115 feet (35 m) in height, the sugar maple can live for 200 years! The shape of its five-lobed leaf is recognizable around the world; a stylized version of its leaf is found at the center of the Canadian maple leaf flag!

Autumn in a forest dominated by sugar maples is an extraordinary sight. Intense rainbows of yellow, orange, red, and purple seem to set the countryside aflame in regions where sugar maples grow. Native American peoples were long attracted to the sugar maple for its savory sap, sweet flowers, and close-grained hardwood.

But the leaves and sap are not the only prized features of the Sugar Maple. Sugar Maple wood is exceptionally hard, making it a material of choice for furniture-makers and producers of hardwood flooring, as well as makers of other notable products, including bowling pins and alley floors, basketball courts, baseball bats, violins, guitars, and drums.

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Angled view of the Piedfort showing its extra thick edgeWhat is a Piedfort?
 Hard to find and popular with collectors for more than a century, piedforts are highly sought after. We get asked all the time, "What is a piedfort?" There are two different, but related, stories of the origin of the word "piedfort". The first says that it literally means "strong foot" in French (from pied, foot and fort, strong). The second says this word was appropriated by the mint centuries ago to mean "heavy measure" or "heavy weight". In both cases, the sense of serious heft to the coin is obvious.

Often the word "piedfort" is translated as "double-thick", but this is neither a literal translation nor a precisely accurate definition. Numismatically speaking, any coin that is 50% or more thicker than a standard version qualifies as a piedfort, although some piedforts are, indeed, twice as thick as normal.

Finally, the age-old question, "How is the word pronounced?" Coming from French, it is not pronounced as it is spelled; that is, don't say, "pide - fort". Rather, "pee - ay - four" (three syllables) is a good approximation.

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Investment Notes
We are often asked about investments in the under $200 price range, but it is sometimes difficult to find an inexpensive silver coins with sure-fire prospects. Here is the exception. The second-ever piedfort Silver Maple Leaf, with a total worldwide mintage of only 10,000, is highly recommended as a buy and hold. Remember, every SML collector needs this coin, so it's a sure bet that there won't be enough to go around and that the Mint will sell out much sooner than later.  Because of the exceptionally low mintage limit and uniqueness within the SML series, we believe that this coin will become a key to the entire series. Don't delay on this one, or you will regret it later!

Ultra-low mintage, an  unique, one-year-only one troy ounce Silver Maple Leaf design, ultra high relief, the purest silver on the planet, and frosted proof finish, all in a handsome, burgundy leatherette case - what more do we have to say?!?!

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2013 25th Anniversary Silver Maple $5 in boxTechnology Note - Purity
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This silver proof coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
An unique, high relief, one year only sugar maple design by Canadian artist Jean Louis Sirois. The legends 9999 and FINE SILVER 1 OZ guarantees the weight and purity. The date is also indicated.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
Each silver maple leaf is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet, protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

A branch of beautiful red, orange & yellow maple leaves in the autumn or fall - leaf.Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2013
   
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    10,000
   
Finish Proof
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Jean Louis Sirois
Certificate Individually Numbered

Complete Certificate Text

Celebrating 25 Years of The Royal Canadian Mint’s World-Renowned Silver Maple Leaf
When the Royal Canadian Mint introduced its first Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin in 1988, the coin’s beauty and purity made it an instant success. Since that first release, the Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin has been minted annually with one troy ounce (31.1 grams) of 9999 fine silver and a face value of 5 Dollars - the highest face value on the market for any comparable silver bullion coin.

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In addition to its metal weight, purity, and face value, the coin’s reverse design has consistently featured the emblematic maple leaf – a Canadian icon that remains a favourite for collectors around the world. This coin celebrates the iconic Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin with an exciting variation on Walter Ott’s traditional maple leaf reverse image for this flagship Royal Canadian Mint product. In addition, the obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the 1988 original.

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