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Since its introduction in 1988, the iconic Royal Canadian Mint Silver Maple Leaf (SML) has been a highly sought-after bullion investment coin. The SML is minted with one troy ounce (31.11 grams) of 99.99% fine silver and has a face value of $5.
All 2022 SML bullion coins include enhanced security features: radial lines, a micro-engraved maple leaf and BULLION DNA™ Anti-Counterfeiting Technology. They also include MINTSHIELD™ surface protection: the world’s first proven approach to reducing the occurrence of white spots discolorations on silver bullion coins.
After years of intensive research and development, the Royal Canadian Mint developed MINTSHIELD™, a unique manufacturing process breakthrough that reduces the appearance of white spots on Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins. Invisible to the eye and having no effect on the coins’ purity or composition, MINTSHIELD™ reduces the appearance of white spots for years.
BULLION DNA™ Anti-Counterfeiting Technology is an industry first that goes above and beyond other approaches to coin authentication. Every die used to produce SML coins is laser micro-engraved with an anti-counterfeiting security mark. Our registration process—digital non-destructive activation (DNA) technology—captures images encrypted with an algorithm signature and then stores these in our secure database. This proprietary Bullion DNATM technology facilitates the authentication of Silver Maple Leaf coins dated 2015 and later.
SML bullion coins also feature a textured maple leaf, micro-engraved with laser technology on a small area of the reverse side of the coin. In the centre of this mark, visible under magnification, is the numeral "22" denoting the coin’s year of issue.
The radial lines on 2022 Silver Maple Leaf bullion coins are machined precisely to within microns on the master tooling for maximum reproducibility from die to die and coin to coin. The line width and pitch give Silver Maple Leaf coins a characteristic look and create a distinctive, light-diffracting pattern that is specific to this coin.
These coins are shipped in heavy-duty plastic monster boxes sealed with RCM strapping. Each box holds 500 coins which are packaged in twenty 25-coin plastic tubes.
(Description courtesy of RCM)