The Royal Canadian Mint is famous for the purity of gold used in its coins. The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf is regularly issued with .9999 pure gold content, and for special occasions, has been issued with .99999 pure gold. This is the highest level of purity available in modern gold bullion coins. From time to time, the Royal Canadian Mint also issues .99999 gold coins as part of commemorative collections. The latest from the mint is the Klondike Gold Rush Series and it honors one of the most important moments in Canadian history.
The Klondike Gold Rush Coins
The Royal Canadian Mint is again rolling out .99999 pure gold coins in this new series marking the 125th anniversary of the discovery of gold in the Klondike region of the Yukon Territory. Each of the 1 oz gold coins with .99999 pure gold content bear the highest denomination issued on Canadian gold coins, with a face value of $200 (CAD). The coins come with radial lines in the background fields and a laser micro-engraved maple leaf privy mark on the reverse. This privy mark features the final two digits of the date mark, with those numbers visible only under magnification. The coins are offered by the Royal Canadian Mint inside of credit-card-sized assay cards and come in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Designs in the Klondike Gold Rush Coin Series
The Royal Canadian Mint is planning several designs to honor the 125th anniversary of the gold rush that drew thousands to the far-western reaches of Canada. While the obverse of each coin will feature the current effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. This design was created in 2003 by Susanna Blunt and offers a right-profile portrait of Her Majesty that features on all Canadian coinage. On the reverse of each coin, the Royal Canadian Mint will offer up new designs celebrating the Klondike Gold Rush. These designs include:
- 1st release – The Panning for Gold release features one of the oldest tools for prospectors seeking out riches during a gold or silver rush. Panning for gold in rivers required digging into the dirt in the beds of the river and sifting the dirt in a pan to help the gold come to the surface. Here, you can see how a prospector has swirled the pan around and is dumping out the excess water to search for gold nuggets and flakes in the sediment of the river.
History of the Klondike Gold Rush
Gold was first discovered in the Klondike region in what was then known as Rabbit Creek. This discovery was made in August 1896. Within a year, news of the discovery reached the American cities of Seattle and San Francisco. The discovery of gold in the region drew Canadians from the established provinces in the east and Americans from the west coast of the United States to the rugged Yukon Territory. Overnight, small towns that once had populations around 500 people had swelled to host as many as 30,000 residents. The Klondike Gold Rush lasted roughly three years. By 1899, another gold discovery in Nome, Alaska, drew away many of the prospectors that had moved to the Yukon Territory in hopes of another opportunity to strike it rich with gold mining.
- First Release in New Gold Rush series
- Struck from .99999 fine gold – the highest gold purity in the world
- Weight of 1 troy oz
- Brilliant Uncirculated Condition
- Produced by the Royal Canadian Mint
- Face value of $200 CAD backed by the Canadian government
- Arrives inside an assay card with a Certificate of Authenticity printed directly onto the card
- Added security feature in the form of a micro-engraved Maple Leaf
- Obverse: Features a right-facing bust of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II”, “D.G. REGINA”, and “200 DOLLARS”
- Reverse: Showcases a miner’s hands holding a gold pan, tilting the water out to rinse off the material underneath. Inscriptions: “CANADA”, “2021”, the weight, the purity, and the micro-engraved maple leaf.