First Canadian Gold Coins

In short, the "First Canadian Gold Coins" were struck around over a hundred years ago. In 1912, the Dominion Government ordered 8,000 five-dollar gold coins, and 8,000 10-dollar gold coins minted. By the end of that summer, $600,000 worth of gold coins had been circulated to Assistant-Receivers General across Canada. Production of the gold coins continued until 1914.

These first Canadian Gold Coins struck by the Mint were Canadian in almost every aspect. In fact, from raw material to design. They were composed almost entirely of Canadian gold, much of it from the Klondike region in 1912.

What about the Gold Maple Leaf?

Interestingly, the Canadian Maple Leaf was struck in 1979 a was not the first Canadian gold coin.  To clarify, Canada's first gold coins were

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