The 2024 release of Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins marks a significant moment in history, following the passing of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in September 2022. The Royal Canadian Mint, continuing the 2023 series with Her Majesty's effigy, introduces a groundbreaking shift in the program's tradition as King Charles III takes his place on the obverse of Canadian coinage for the first time.
Since its inception in 1988, the Canadian Silver Maple Leaf exclusively featured Queen Elizabeth II's bust. With her passing in September 2022, King Charles III now graces the obverse of the 2024 Maple Leaf Series with a new left-profile bust, departing from the right-profile tradition of Her Late Majesty's portrait.
The reverse side of the 2024 Canadian Silver Maple Leaf Coin features Walter Ott's original design of the sugar maple leaf, adorned with radial lines and a laser-engraved maple leaf privy along the bottom of the field, offering a naturalistic depiction created in 1979 for the Gold Maple Leaf.