This 2019 edition of the Royal Canadian Mint’s annual $10 fine silver maple celebration highlights the beauty of the red maple, a colourful fixture in our eastern forests. The brilliant relief adds a splash of summer sunshine to the reverse, where even the smallest engraved detail shines bright against the lined/matte background. This coin is affordably priced and contains a half ounce of fine silver. Mintage is limited to 35,000. GST/HST exempt.
The reverse image by Pierre Leduc showcases the peak summer foliage of the red tree. Three leaves are shown in an opposite arrangement that fills much of the field. The natural positioning allows for a limited view of the long petioles that secure the two furthest leaves to the twig. Fine engraving stands in for the veins that run through each leaf’s palmate lobes, which are separated by “V”-shaped notches.