On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Canadian Official Languages Act, the Royal Canadian Mint has released a gorgeous pure silver coin featuring two red maple leaves.

The reverse of the new coin features two red maple leaves which represent Canada’s two official languages, English and French. A laser-engraved circular pattern of maple leaves runs throughout the field, pulling the viewer into the design while expressing a surge of pride. This circular pattern adds a sense of movement to the design from behind the larger, traditionally engraved elements. The design is encircled by the full lyrics of the bilingual version of the national anthem, with the text so small that it's almost invisible.

The reverse includes the double dates “1969-2019“ which refer to the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act, along with the bilingual "50 YEARS ANS" inscription.

The obverse displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

This coin is struck from 15.87 of 9999 pure silver. It has a maximum mintage of only 5,000 pieces.

The Official Languages Act came into effect on September 7, 1969, giving the two languages an equal status. It aimed to ensure that the Canadian government provides services and communicates with all Canadians in the official language of their choice—English or French.