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Royal Canadian Mint Adds Unique Security Feature to its Gold Maple Leaf Bullion Coin

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Ottawa, Ontario, November 2, 2012 — Already sought world-wide for its exceptional 99.99% purity, the Royal Canadian Mint’s market-leading Gold Maple Leaf (GML) bullion coin now boasts unprecedented security due to the addition of an advanced visual security feature.  An intricately micro-engraved design produced by the Mint’s innovative use of laser technology makes its debut on the reverse “Maple Leaf” side of the 2013-dated 1 oz. GML and will be a permanent addition to the Mint’s flagship gold bullion coin. 

“The Royal Canadian Mint is committed to delivering outstanding quality and service to its customers by constantly improving its products through innovation,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “By introducing an unprecedented visual security feature to our world-famous Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin, we are proud to offer precious metal investors a gold bullion coin which is a world leader in its security as well as its purity.”

This new visual security feature confirms the authenticity of all 1 oz. 99.99% pure GML bullion coins produced for 2013 and beyond.  Derived from the same ground-breaking security technology applied to Canada’s 2012 $1 and $2 circulation coins, the GML security mark consists of a textured maple leaf, micro-engraved with laser technology on a small area of the reverse (Maple Leaf) side of the coin.  In the centre of this mark is the numeral “13” denoting the coin’s year of issue, which is only visible under magnification. As this is a permanent enhancement to the security and integrity of the Mint’s flagship gold bullion product, this laser mark will change annually to feature the last two digits of each corresponding year of issue. 

This “next generation” Gold Maple Leaf bullion coin begins shipping throughout the Mint’s network of official bullion distributors in early November 2012 and will soon after be available through bullion dealers. 

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2008 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. For more information on the Mint, its products and services, visit www.mint.ca.

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