Canadian Mint Gold/Silver Maple Leafs & Anticounterfeiting Measures
For bullion coin buyers, don't Canadian maple leaf coins make the most sense due to the anticounterfeiting measures? The maple leafs have the obverse/reverse fine radial lines, the laser-engraved micro maple leaf, and the Bullion DNA registration/scanning system -- no other bullion coin employs this level of anticounterfeiting measures. (Perhaps American gold eagles will at least have a DNA-type system with the 2021 release).
That's a nice set of features for both the gold and the silver product lines. Don't you feel at least a little more secure buying maples with these features, especially gold bullion? I know I feel better buying one-ounce gold maples from 2014 through present, and silver maples from 2015 through present, because they have these anticounterfeit measures. It's got to be a lot more work for the fraudsters to try and replicate these measures (and I don't know if they can ever defeat the Canadian Mint registration system).
I'm very wary of pre-2014 gold maples because they were counterfeited, wouldn't buy them without XRF or ultrasound purity confirmation. Same is true of gold Kruggerands -- I really like the coin, its durability, the low premiums, and would like to pick some up, but the design has been around forever, making it a relatively easy coin counterfeit -- and fake Krugs definitely are circulating. Same with American gold eagles; love the coin, but the U.S. Mint really needs to step up its game in making it much more difficult to counterfeit their gold bullion coins.
Yes, most national mint one-ounce coins are orders of magnitude safer than non-Mint bars and rounds. (A lot more money to be made selling tungsten-filled 10- and 400-troy-ounce gold bars). But with gold/silver bullion coins having similar premiums worldwide, doesn't it make sense to buy the bullion coin that offers the very best anti-counterfeiting measures?