This selectively gold-plated 2 oz. 99.99% pure silver coin is a timely look back at one of our most famous transitional issues: the 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent coin. Faithfully re-sculpted using archived images from the Bank of Canada Museum, the historic reverse features the maple leaf mark that was added 75 years ago, in early 1948, to 1947-dated coins struck after India gained its independence from British rule. That small maple leaf alludes to imminent change: the removal of “IND: IMP:” (“Emperor of India”) from the outmoded obverse legend, which has also been reproduced on this limited collectible that brings the past to life.
Your coin is a faithful re-creation of the 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent circulation coin, but on a larger scale and with selective gold plating. Framed by a raised rim that mimics the original coin’s 12-sided shape, George Edward Kruger Gray’s iconic beaver design appears on the reverse, where a small maple leaf placed next to the year “1947” indicates the coin was originally struck in 1948 using outdated dies. The obverse features an updated year of issue (“2023”) and Thomas Humphrey Paget’s effigy of King George VI with the outmoded legend “GEORGIVS VI D:G:REX ET IND:IMP:” (“George VI, by the grace of God, King and Emperor of India”).
- A faithful tribute. Step back in time with this re-creation of a famous transitional issue! The original 1947 Maple Leaf five-cent coin was struck in 1948 while awaiting a new obverse, one without “IND: IMP:” in the legend, after India gained its independence from British rule.
- Silver and selective gold plating. Crafted in 2 oz. of 99.99% pure silver, this near-faithful reproduction of a historic coin is enhanced with selective gold plating on its obverse and reverse.
- A re-creation of a classic. Both the obverse and reverse designs have been re-created using modern techniques and archival photographs.
- Two dates. The year “1947” is key to the story and it appears on your coin’s reverse, just like the original coin. The issuing year “2023” has been moved to the obverse and made less prominent in order to keep the focus on the historically significant elements.
- Includes serialized certificate. The Royal Canadian Mint certifies all of its collector coins.
- No GST/HST.