What Is the Difference Between a Gold Eagle Coin and a Canadian Gold Maple Coin?


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The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin is the official gold bullion coin minted by the Royal Canadian Mint, while the gold American Eagle coin is a bullion coin produce by the U.S. Mint. The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin was first produced in 1979, while the U.S. American Eagle gold coin was first minted in 1986 by the U.S. Mint.

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Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coins minted after 1982 are made of 24-karat gold with a quality of .9999 millesimal fineness, while earlier coins are made of .999 millesimal fineness. Gold American Eagle coins are made of 22-karat gold. The American Eagle gold coin is available in weights of 0.1 ounces, 0.25 ounces, 0.5 ounces and 1 ounce. The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf coin is sold at weights of 0.04 ounces, 0.05 ounces, 0.1 ounces, 0.5 ounces and 1 ounce. The legal tender value of the coins are $1, $5, $10, $20 and $50, respectively, although the bullion contained in them is worth more. As of 2014, a 1-ounce uncirculated American Eagle gold coin sells at a value of $1,625, while proof versions of the coin sell for $1,660, $845, $435 or $185, based on weight. The full set containing one coin of each weight sells for $3,075.

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