May’s flowers bloom brightly on four new collector coins being
released May 2 by the Royal Canadian Mint.
Three of the four new coins offer a colorful scene, with the
flowers vibrant in a blaze of glory. A colorful Tulip and Ladybug
design is available both on a Specimen nickel-plated steel 25-cent
coin and a Proof silver $20 coin. Another $20 coin depicts the wild
rose, also featuring color.
A fourth coin, a Proof gold $350 coin, depicts mountain avens, the
territorial flower for Northwest Territories.
The coins are among a total issue of 20 coins, the remainder of
which Coin World will report on in future issues.
Tulip and ladybug
Two of the coins celebrate the emotional and natural connection
between Canada and the Netherlands.
Post World War II, the Netherlands presented more than 100,000
tulip bulbs to Canada in thanks for Canadian forces’ efforts to
liberate the Dutch during the war.
Canada also provided refuge for the Netherlands’ Crown Princess
Juliana and her daughters during the war.
Ottawa is now the site of an annual spring festival that is the
world’s largest tulip festival, according to the RCM.
A tulip in full bloom appears, with a ladybug crawling on one
leaf, on the reverse of both coins. The design is credited to unnamed
The obverse carries the standard Susanna Blunt effigy of Queen
Elizabeth II, as on all current Canadian coins.
The oversized nickel-plated steel 25-cent coin measures 35
millimeters in diameter, as compared to the 23.88-millimeter size of
the standard circulating 25-cent coin. The oversized coin weighs 11.6 grams.
The nickel-plated steel 25-cent coin has no stated mintage limit;
it is scheduled to be “produced to demand.”
It retails for $24.95.
The Proof .9999 fine silver $20 version sports an additional
accoutrement: the ladybug is fashioned from Venetian glass created by
artist Giuliano Donnagio and rises above the coin’s surface as a
The Tulip and Ladybug $20 coin weighs 31.39 grams, measures 38
millimeters in diameter and has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces.
It retails for $139.95.
Wild Rose, Mountain Avens
Another Proof .9999 fine silver $20 coin celebrates the wild rose
in full color bejeweled with three Swarovski crystals. The design is
by Margaret Best.
From the Maritime Provinces in the east, to the lower mountain
valleys of the Rocky Mountains west of the prairies, and north to
Nunavut, the wild rose (Rosa acicularis) punctuates the Canadian
landscape with pink.
It is known by many names, including the prickly rose, the prickly
wild rose, the bristly rose and the Arctic rose.
The coin weighs 31.39 grams, measures 38 millimeters in diameter
and has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces.
It costs $109.95.
Territorial flower coin
The fourth floral coin in the May 2 launch is the final of 12
annual coins celebrating provincial and territorial flowers.
The Proof Mountain Avens .99999 fine gold $350 coin, designed by
Caren Heine, shows the Dryas integrifolia, the territorial flower of
the Northwest Territories.
The series began in 1998.
The 2011 $350 coin weighs 35 grams and measures 34 millimeters in diameter.
It has a mintage limit of 1,300 pieces and costs $2,799.95.
Prices are listed in Canadian funds.
United States distributors for the RCM carry the various coins at
fixed prices in U.S. dollars.
Gatewest Coin Ltd., Brian Jenner Inc. and Talisman Coins are all
official distributors for the RCM.
To contact Gatewest inside the United States, telephone the firm
at (204) 489-9112 or visit it online at www.gatewestcoin.com.
Write to Jenner at P.O. Box 2466-a, Pasco, WA 99302, or telephone
him at (509) 735-2172.
Visit Talisman at its website at www.talismancoins.com, telephone the company at
(888) 552-2646 or fax the business at (314) 968-3801. ■