Few symbols represent Canada as universally as the maple leaf. In fact, it’s amazing how evocative one little leaf can be. It speaks to the beauty and variety of the Canadian landscape, the cycle of our seasons, the story of Canada’s Indigenous roots, and the opportunity and potential that drives millions to come here from the four corners of the world.
Maple is a resource—it gives us syrup and lumber and the many things we can make from its wood. But its leaf is also source of pride and identity. Anywhere Canadians travel, a maple leaf pinned to their lapel or sewn onto their pack, people know where they come from and the values they represent. This coin takes a new approach using the leaves of two maple species, the sugar maple and the silver maple, in a balanced and flowing design.
The reverse image by Canadian artist David Caesar features a bouquet-like cluster of two sugar maple leaves and two silver maple leaves encircled by a flowing ribbon. Multiple frosting techniques applied to each of the leaves give depth and texture to the layered effect of the design. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.