Unique Security of the 1 oz Gold Bullion Maple Leaf Coin
In 2013, the Royal Canadian Mint launched a unique anti-counterfeiting security feature that it first incorporated into the 1 ounce Canadian Maple Leaf gold coin.
Every die used to produce the platinum maple leaf coin is laser micro-engraved with 2 anti-counterfeiting security marks:
- On both sides of the coin there are microscopically thin lines radiating from the centre of the coin.
- On the coin’s reverse is a small textured maple leaf to the right of the leaf’s stem. Inside the centre of this mark are the last two digits of the corresponding year of the coin’s issue.
The Royal Canadian Mint then takes a high-resolution digital image of the coin that is then stored on their servers. It’s these digitised unique features that are that the mint call Bullion DNA.
Authorised Bullion DNA dealers & distributors are now able to digitally verify the authenticity of each 1 oz gold bullion Maple Leaf coin that has been minted from 2013 onwards. They can check and verify each individual coin directly with the mint in a matter of seconds.
This secure verification solution gives those that deal with Maple Leaf coins a level of confidence previously unavailable to the precious metals industry.
Following the successful launch of the laser engraved security feature, it has been rolled out to the 1 ounce silver and 1 ounce platinum bullion Maple Leaf coins in 2014 and 2015 respectively.