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2014 $5 Flowers in Canada: Tulip - Pure Silver Coin
2014 $5 Fine Silver Coin - Flowers in Canada -Tulip
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Our Price: $139.95 ** Tax Exempt **
Year: 2014

RCM# 130933

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Product Code: 623932056992

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Canada is renowned for its wide range of botanical diversity, but some of the most common planted and gifted flowers we see here are not Canadian at all; over the course of many generations, these flowers, brought from various other places on earth, become part of our understanding of the landscape. This is the first coin in a beautiful new series by the Royal Canadian Mint that sheds light on non-native but iconic Canadian flowers, starting with the tulip! Tulips originally blossomed indigenously west of the Iberian peninsula, through Northern Africa and into Greece, the Balkans and Turkey, through the Levant and Iran, north to Ukraine and into southern Siberia and Mongolia, all the way to Northwest China. The earliest accounts of the tulips popularization in Western Europe happens towards the end of the 16th century when a professor at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands planted several gardens for teaching purposes; shortly after, 100 bulbs were stolen from the gardens in a single raid. This incident eventually led to what is now known as a period of “tulip mania”, and the tulip industry in the Netherlands.  Many Canadians may be familiar with the history of the Tulip Festival held annually in May in Ottawa, Ontario. Over one million tulips are grown, most on the shores of Dow’s Lake and along the Rideau Canal. The Tulip Festival is a tribute to the relationship between the Netherlands and Canada, dating back to the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands during the Second World War, when Canada sheltered Princess Juliana and her daughters for three years. In 1945, the Netherlands gifted Canada with 100,000 tulips. This coin boasts a gorgeous depiction of this flower, engraved with high definition and relief, and crafted in a niobium core that has been individually oxidized to change the colour of the metal in order to create this unique effect. This coin would be a stunning and creative alternative to a bouquet of tulips, or as a wonderful gift for any gardener or flower-enthusiast in your life.
Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 5Dollar

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