This 2016 fine silver “fractional” coin set features five different sizes and denominations of matched .9999 pure silver coins with a unique maple leaf design. The sizes are 1 ounce, ½ ounce, ¼ ounce 1/10th ounce and 1/20th ounce. The coins bear a face value of $5, $4, $3, $2 and $1 respectively. Mintage of this set is limited to 7,500. As a pure silver coin set struck by the Royal Canadian Mint, this item is GST/HST exempt.
The obverse pays tribute to the historic reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a recreation of the 1952 effigy of Her Majesty wearing the Imperial State Crown (worn at her Coronation) along with edge lettering on the one-ounce coin that reads “LONGEST REIGNING SOVEREIGN / SOUVERAIN AU PLUS LONG RÈGNE”. Each additional coin is enhanced with pink gold plating on the largest of the three leaves, the effigy and the rim.
All five coins feature a reverse design by Canadian artist Donna Kriekle that showcases the iconic maple leaf. Recreating the leaf’s appearance in a natural setting, three different sizes of maple leaves are joined at the stem and splay out to fill the entirety of the reverse. Each leaf’s distinctively serrated edge and deep veins are given a life-like quality by meticulous engraving, which shines brilliantly thanks to the reverse proof finish against the frosted background; yet, it is the addition of pink and yellow gold plating to the reverse of the one-ounce coin that proves to be particularly striking. Within the one-ounce coin’s pink gold-plated rim, the largest of the three leaves is resplendent with pink gold plating that adds an eye-catching element to the silver design; this pink gold plating is further complemented by the addition of yellow gold plating to the left-most leaf, which creates a beautiful contrast above the smaller silver leaf.