Canadian maple leaf coin features over 100 maple leaves

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12 June 2013
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imports_CCGB_coin-26-_45000.jpg Canadian maple leaf coin features over 100 maple leaves
A new coin from Royal Canadian Mint showcases more than 100 maple leaves, the national symbol of Canada. ...
A new coin from Royal Canadian Mint showcases more than 100 maple leaves, the national symbol of Canada. The limited edition coin, released on 11 June 2013, celebrates 300 years of the use of the maple leaf as a symbol of Canada - appearing on the country's flag and coat of arms, and on all Canadian coins from 1876 to 1901.

Royal Canaidan Mint engraver Jose Osio has created a maple leaf 'impression' for the reverse of the 99.99% pure silver coin, creating a 3D illusion surrounded by more than 100 other maple leaves. The obverse is engraved with the word CANADA, the date '2013' and the face value of three dollars.

Canada and the maple leaf

The earliest use of the maple leaf as a symbol of Canada came through French Canadians living along the Saint Lawrence River, who had the leaf as their emblem. Jacques Viger, the first mayor of Montreal gave the maple leaf his approval as a national symbol and gradually, the leaf was adopted by the whole country, appearing on Canada's coins from 1876 to 1901 and finally featuring on the official flag of Canada in 1965 when the old Union Flag was replaced.

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