Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Design
The coin was designed by Arnold Machin. Currently, the obverse features a gracefully aging Queen Elizabeth II and the obverse has always depicted a profile view of Queen Elizabeth II, with three versions already used, each by a different artist: 1988-1989 by Arnold Machin, 1990-2003 by Dora de Pedery -Hunt and 2004-preset by Susanna Blunt.
The reverse of the coin depicts the Canadian Maple Leaf, one of the great iconic images of Canada. The words “CANADA” and “FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR” have been placed on the silver coin since its first run in 1988.
The reverse design has remained constant since its inception. However, starting in 2014, the Royal Canadian Mint has added security features, namely a micro engraved laser mark and radial lines that ensure constancy and accuracy of minting strikes. The radial lines cause a light diffraction pattern that results in a notable shine to the silver coin.
A small, nearly invisible maple leaf was added to the coin in 2014 as a security feature, which also includes that last two digits of the mint year of issue. These are micro engraved into the coin’s surface and the maple leaf and digits are only visible under magnification.
Annual variations for the coins in past have included proof releases (1989 only), privy marks, a different designed maple leaf, colored maple leaf, holographic enhancements and several occasion designs, such as a 2009 issue commemorating the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The one universal element in all silver maple leaf coins is the phrase “Fine Silver 1 oz Argent Pur” on the reverse of the coin.