The Royal Canadian Mint began producing Canadian Maple Leaf bullion coins in the late 1970s. They were the first popular bullion coin produced from pure gold in the Americas. With a maple leaf motif on the reverse, this coin features a depiction of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. Demand for this type of bullion coin has increased (especially in the Northwest) due to their attractive design and beautiful natural color. The Canadian Gold Maple Leaf can be found in denominations of 1/10 ounce ($5), 1/4 ounce ($10), 1/2 ounce ($25), and 1 ounce ($50).