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Updated: February, 2012
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Obverse of My 1/4 Ounce Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Coin  
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The Gold Canadian Maple Leaf is my absolute favorite gold bullion coin. In my opinion, it's two things that make this coin so special: it's 24 karat gold and the finish is an amazing combination of a shiny (proof-like) Queen Elizabeth on the obverse (and maple leaf on the reverse) over a beautiful matte finish. It's hard to describe, but definitely a different and beautiful technique compared to the other gold bullion coins (which are all neat in their own way but don't compare to the maple leaf in my opinion). The other day, I purchased the 1/4 ounce gold maple leaf pictured in this article from my local coin shop. I am very excited about this coin for sure, it's an older 1983 gold maple leaf.

1/4 Ounce Gold Maple Leaf Coins Are Hard To Find

As you may know from your own gold-buying experience, physical gold is becoming more difficult to buy. The economy is not doing very well and investors are looking for a tangible and physical investment that they can hold in their hand. Since the price of gold is currently in the high $800s for one troy ounce, many investors are looking to purchase fractional gold coins because they are cheaper. (As an added benefit, the are more portable and more useful if you ever need to barter or trade them.) Out of all the fractional gold coins (1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/10 ounce, and 1/20 ounce), the 1/4 ounce coin is my favorite. The reason for this is the price point (I paid $250) and the size of the coin (it's not too small and feels like you have a "real" coin in your hand). I'm not the only one with this opinion and have not seen too many 1/4 ounce gold coins, especially maple leaf coins, so I just had to pick this one up! Because of their rarity, fractional gold coins typically trade at a higher premium over the spot price of gold than 1 ounce gold bullion coins.

My Quarter Oz Gold Canadian Maple Leaf Comes In It's Plastic Sleeve

  Reverse of My Quarter Ounce Gold Maple Leaf
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As you can see in the images in this article, my coin comes in a nice sealed plastic sleeve that was provided by the Canadian Royal Mint. If you have the option, I personally would highly recommend only buying Canadian maple leaf coins when they come in the plastic sleeve. Of course, I have purchased these coins in the past and most of mine do not have the plastic sleeve. They were recent dates however and in great condition. As you look at older dates (such as 1983) without the plastic sleeve, you will see coins with more and more scratches and dents because of the supple nature of 24 karat gold bullion. Canadian maple leaf coins are pure 24 karat gold which requires very careful handling to prevent it from scratches and dents (and thus losing value).

Closing Thoughts On My 1/4 Ounce Gold Coin

Overall, I'm extremely happy with my purchase. I have always been happy purchasing fractional gold coins, especially Canadian maple leaf coins. It's my opinion that the fractional gold coins will continue to do very well. As the price of gold continues to appreciate, people will not be able to afford one ounce gold coins, they will be primarily interested in the fractional coins. Moreover, 24 karat gold is very difficult to find. The only readily available 24 karat gold coins are the maple leaf and the American Buffalo. The American Buffalo is very hard to find these days since the mint was temporarily shut down (from what I heard from my local coin shop) due to shortages in physical gold. It's a bit easier to find the maple leafs and are one of the neatest coins out there in my opinion.

Want to learn more about my awesome quarter ounce gold maple leaf? Make sure to check out my brand new gold coin video where I discuss this neat 24 karat gold bullion coin in addition to several others from my personal collection. Also, I just answered a brand new Gold Why Question about Buying Quarter Ounce Gold Coins.

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