Palladium coin history is very recent, relative to the other precious metals.
Here is a brief history of some key moments in palladium coinage:
- 1967-68 South Pacific island of Tonga, commemorating the coronation of King Taufa Ahau Tupou IV.
- 1987-90 Portugal issued palladium proof coins as part of a series with other metals.
- 1987 France issued a 100 Franc palladium bullion proof coin featuring the bust of Lafayette.
- 1987 Isle of Man, an island kingdom in the Irish Sea, commemorated the U.S. Constitution.
- 1989-95 Russia struck some limited palladium coin issues known as the "Ballerina" series.
- 1989 China struck palladium Pandas in 50 Yuan coins.
- 1989-91 Switzerland struck palladium William Tells in 50 Swiss Francs.
- 1995-97 Australia minted the Emu palladium coins.
- 2004-05 China reintroduces palladium Pandas in 100 Yuan coins.
- 2004 Republic of Slovak struck a pentagon coin commemorating a 10-nation E.U. expansion.
- 2005 Royal Canadian Mint releases the $50 Palladium Maple Leaf on the first of November.
Palladium Bullion Coins Available:
The newest member of the Canadian Maple Leaf family, the Palladium Maple Leaf bullion coin, was first introduced in 2005 and today is an outstanding way to invest in physical palladium. Each coin is exactly one troy ounce of pure .9995 fine palladium, and Monex offers these beautiful coins to investors in units of 10 coins. The legal tender coin features an image of Queen Elizabeth II, the mint date and $50 Canadian face value on the coin's obverse, and Canada's national symbol, the maple leaf, on the reverse along with the coin's weight and fineness. The Palladium Maple Leaf's weight, fineness and face value are guaranteed by the Canadian government.More Information