A five-year series of commemorative coins from the Singapore Mint has
been revived in miniature form in a set called The Splendour of Native
Orchids of Singapore.
The recently released set of 10 Proof .999 fine silver dollars from
the Singapore Mint features all 10 subjects of the previous Native
Orchids of Singapore coin series, which was issued from 2011 to 2015.
The coins in the earlier series were Proof .999 fine silver $5
coins, each containing 1 ounce of silver and measuring 40.7
millimeters in diameter.
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The coins in the homage series each weigh 8.56 grams and have a
diameter of 24.66 millimeters, ensuring that there will be no
confusion between the two sets.
The 10 orchid species featured in both sets are Cymbidium
finlaysonianum, Grammatophyllum speciosum, Arundina graminifolia,
Bulbophyllum macranthum, Bulbophyllum flabellum-veneris, Dendrobium
crumenatum, Phalaenopsis cornu-cervi, Coelogyne rochussenii,
Dendrobium leonis and Dendrobium secundum.
More than 200 orchid species were once found in Singapore, and some
of those flowers can still be found in the nation’s forests today,
according to the Singapore Mint.
The reverse of each coin displays one of the orchids in full color,
set against a sandblasted background to accentuate the full brilliance of the orchid.
The name of the orchid appears on the upper circumference of the coin.
The obverse of the coins bears Singapore’s coat of arms with the
A limit of 4,000 sets are available, each retailing for $400 in
Singapore funds (about $297 U.S. at press time).
To order the set, visit the Singapore Mint website.