Canada’s final coin in the Flowers of Canada series celebrates a
native of Mexico.
The poinsettia appears on the third Proof silver $5 coin in the
series. Poinsettia’s are so named for America’s first Minister to
Mexico, Joel Robert Poinsett, who in the 1820s brought the plant to
the United States, where it further migrated to popularity in Canada.
The 2014 coin features a reverse design by Canadian artist Bert
Liverance, showing a poinsettia flower selectively colored so it
stands out from a sea of blooms—a tribute to the star-shaped flower
that beautifies holiday festivities across Canada every year.
The design is further enhanced by the coin’s oxidized niobium core.
Though red poinsettia’s are the most popular, the plant on the coin
has a pinkish-purple hue.
The coin is being touted as an alternative gift instead of a
flowering plant, since it will never lose its color or shed its leaves.
The coin weighs 9 grams, measures 28 millimeters in diameter and has
a mintage limit of 6,000 pieces.
The coin has an issue price of $139.95 Canadian.
Two distributors offer the coin at fixed U.S. dollar prices to North
American buyers: Gatewest Coins prices the coin at $121.95, and
Talisman Coins’ price is $119.95.
Contact Gatewest at 888-565-2646 or visit its website.
Contact Talisman at 888-552-2646 or visit its website.
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