The Canadian Maple Leaf Gold Coin is, by far, the most famous coin among all the Canadian Gold Coins released.  It was Dr. Stanley's idea that the new flag should be red and white and that it should feature the single maple leaf; his memorandum included the first sketch of what would become the flag of Canada.
The first Canadian flag was that then used as the flag of the Governor General of Canada, a Union Flag with a shield in the centre bearing the quartered arms of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, surrounded by a wreath of maple leaves. , The Red Ensign is occasionally still used as well, including official use at some ceremonies. , Since the adoption of the Canadian flag in 1965, the Canadian government has sponsored programs to promote it.  From 1876 until 1901, the leaf appeared on all Canadian coins and remained on the penny after 1901. " A commemorative stamp and coin were issued by Canada Post and the Royal Canadian Mint, respectively. In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson formed a committee to resolve the ongoing issue of the lack of an official Canadian flag, sparking a serious debate about a flag change to replace the Union Flag. 'the one-leafed'), consists of a red field with a white square at its centre in the ratio of 1:2:1, in the middle of which is featured a stylized, red, 11-pointed maple leaf charged in the centre.
 The Royal Union Flag and Red Ensign are still flown in Canada by veterans' groups and others who continue to stress the importance of Canada's British heritage and the Commonwealth connection.  Also, the Royal Union Flag remains an official flag in Canada, to symbolize Canada's allegiance to the monarch and membership in the Commonwealth of Nations. Each coin’s purity and weight are guaranteed by the Canadian Government. View cart for details. The RCM sells the Canadian Gold Maple Leafs individually, in tubes of 25 coins or monster boxes that contain 20 tubes of 25 coins each.
The program was controversial because it cost some $45 million, and provided no means to hoist or fly the flags. Coin Highlights: This listing is for coins minted after 1982, which each contain 1 oz of .9999 fine Gold. He said "[t]he National Flag of Canada is so embedded in our national life and so emblematic of our national purpose that we simply cannot imagine our country without it.
The main opponent to changing the flag was the leader of the opposition and former prime minister, John Diefenbaker, who eventually made the subject a personal crusade.