2008 Canada $350.00 Pure Gold.99999 Purple Saxifrage
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2008 Canada $350.00 Pure Gold.99999 Purple Saxifrage:
2008 CANADA $350.00 PURE GOLD.99999 PURPLE SAXIFRAGE
Canada's youngest floral emblemâ€”
Nunavut's purple saxifrage
At first glance, the harsh Arctic tundra may seem
barren, but every spring, one of the world's great
botanical beauties makes a stunning, yet short-lived
appearance there. It is the purple saxifrage (Saxifraga
oppositifolia), also known as French-knot moss or
aupilaktunnguat in Inuktitut, the aboriginal language of
Nunavut, Canada's youngest territory that adopted this
flower as its floral emblem on May 1, 2000.
Without its blooms, the purple saxifrage looks decidedly
unkempt; one would hardly guess this brownish mat
growing in the dust could ever produce such gorgeous
star-shaped flowers. But it doesâ€”and every year, a great
carpet of purple blooms will cover exposed ridges and
hilltops as if to defy the northern bleakness. Each
blossom is only 1 cm (.5 in) wide but looks large against
the tiny (3-6 mm or .1-.2 in) pairs of overlapping greygreen
leaves that appear scale-like.
Unfortunately, few people get to see this northern
beauty at its best; by the time the weather is warm
enough to attract tourists, its purple blooms are long
Product specifications:Face Value: 350 dollars
Composition: 99.999% gold
Weight (g): 35
Diameter (mm): 34
Artist: Celia Godkin
This is the eleventh in a series of provincial flowers
that started in 1998.
Crafted in 99.999% pure gold, hand polished to
proof perfection and struck to mintage of only
1,400 coins worldwide.
Coin encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell
case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.
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