At the moment, every smart investor is purchasing the Canadian silver maple leaf and its among the most striking purchases one can make. An item of extreme beauty, purity and rarity, this is an object well loved by collectors. It appeared to the world in 1988 and is minted in palladium, platinum and gold, too. However, silver is the best investment currently. Here are the reasons.
Previously, platinum was the investment of the future due to its rarity, closely followed by gold with silver distantly following in third place. Because this metal is steadily increasing in rarity, its value is rising. It has a large range of industrial uses, featured as part of cellular telephone batteries, DVDs and motors. Of course, it’s also used in jewellery and is an excellent conductor, which only adds to its necessity.
The problem with this is that its supply is shrinking quickly, to the point that it’s becoming endangered. The all important law of supply and demand is muscling in on this market, causing the metal’s price to sky rocket. In 2011 it was worth $50.
Forecasters predict that it will continue to rise exponentially as its rarity increases. It may be fairly expensive right now, but it costs less than it did in 2011 and in future, it’s expected to appreciate rapidly, meaning an excellent return on investment. It’s growth is shown in 2012, during which it has climbed steeply, with only slight and temporary drops. On 2 February 2012, its value was at its highest.
The bullion is among the purest ever minted, with a troy ounce of . 9999. Apart from that, it’s also exceedingly beautiful, making it a highly sought after collectors’ item. There are many who would never consider selling them. On its face, it features an image of Queen Elizabeth II while on the other side it shows one of Canada’s national symbols, the maple leaf.
They can be purchased in sets of 100 single ounce coins, personally delivered from Monex. Technically, they are almost perfect and are highly prized for this quality. There are other suppliers, often selling them in lower quantities. It’s possible to buy them this way over the internet.
Minting year defines the value of the bullion. In years when particularly low quantities were produced, value is especially high, particularly in ’96 and ’97. Coins limited to European sales also hold more value.
Images have been altered over years as well, in which Queen Elizabeth IIs age has changed. Certain leaves were shaded, depending on their season. Spring featured green leaves while autumn featured red.
There has been an Olympic version, Zodiac sets and anniversary designs. The Chinese Zodiac has also been represented. Collectors might search for specific mints accordingly, rather than purchasing the most recent one, so that they can optimize their investment and collectors’ value.
It doesn’t really matter what one’s reason for buying the striking and rare silver maple leaf, as it will remain among the best investments one can make. It’s size makes it an asset that’s easily stored and it doesn’t increase one’s paper pile. The bullion’s rarity is only set to increase.