From the Royal Canadian Mint’s 2013 Press Release about the original release of this amazing marvel:
One of the world’s favourite silver bullion coins evolves with visible security feature and new radial line finish
Ottawa, Ontario, December 4, 2013 – Already renowned for its purity and quality, the Royal Canadian Mint’s 1 oz., 99.99% pure Silver Maple Leaf (SML) bullion coin is sure to maintain its status as a favourite among the world’s precious metal investors as the Mint adds advanced visual security features to the 2014 SML. A new finish formed of complex radial lines and a micro-engraved laser mark will be permanent additions to the Mint’s flagship silver bullion coin.
“The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to delivering outstanding quality and value to its customers by constantly improving its products through innovation,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “After 25 years of producing the world’s purest and one of its most popular silver bullion coins, the Mint is pleased to offer investors even more value by incorporating technology which also makes our Silver Maple Leaf bullion coin a world leader in security.”
Replacing the traditional bullion finish on previous SML coins, the radial lines on the 2014 SML’s field have been precisely machined to within microns on the master tooling to ensure consistent die production and coin striking. The specific width and pitch of the lines radiating from the coin’s central maple leaf design create a light-diffracting pattern which is unique to the Mint’s “next generation” SML and unmatched by competing bullion products. With the addition of a micro-engraving produced by laser of a textured maple leaf incorporating the numeral “14” to denote the coin’s year of issue – a technology also found on the Mint’s Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin and its award-winning 2012 $1 and $2 circulation coins – the 2014 SML represents the cutting edge in bullion coin security.
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