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Canada 2012 Aster w Murano Venetian Glass Bumblebee $20 Pure Silver Color Proof
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Circulated/Uncirculated: Uncirculated Year: 2012
Finish: Proof with Glass Bumblebee Composition: Silver
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A delicate bumblebee, made of hand blown Venetian Murano glass, graces this simply stunning, pure silver proof!

PRE-SALE OFFER - This item has just been announced and will ship as soon as it arrives from the Mint.

In combining the hand-blown beauty of Murano Venetian glass with its unique colorization process, the Royal Canadian Mint has created a world first! Each delicate bumblebee is handcrafted by master glassmaker Giuliano Donaggio in Murano, Italy, with a second technology, the Mint's proprietary colorization, thrown in for good measure! Struck in the purest silver in the world with a proof finish, the mintage limit is only 10,000 - far too few to satisfy worldwide demand. A quick sell out at the Mint (like last year's Tulip with Murano Glass Ladybug Silver Proof) is expected.

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Canada 2012 Aster with Bumbelbee $20 Silver Glass Side ViewThe North American species of Aster are flowering perennial herbs usually bearing striking blue, mauve, pink, or white flowers. These lovely plants share an important symbiosis with bumblebees: the bees are one of the asters’ key pollinators and for many bumble bees, aster pollen is a major food source. Asters are also easy to grow and thus a great choice for American and Canadian gardeners. This pure silver gem brilliantly captures the relationship between insect and flower!

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The Bumblebee, Nature's Canny Cultivator
It is one of summer’s iconic moments: a buzzing black-and-yellow bumblebee plods heavily from delicate bloom to delicate bloom. A subgroup of the roughly 730 described species of bees (Apoidea: Anthophila) in Canada, bumble bees (genus Bombus), native to the Americas as well as Europe, Asia, and North Africa, An industrious bumblebee lands on a purple aster flower, the better to polinate it.are important pollinators crucial to the ongoing survival of many flowering plants.

Bumble bees in particular engage in a practice known as “buzz pollination,” where, clutching a flower’s stamen with their jaws, they rapidly vibrate their wing muscles, loosening and scattering pollen.

Bumble bees are among the most resilient types of bees and prefer temperate climates. Because they are generalists, gathering nectar and pollen from a wide variety of flowers (up to 20 flowers per minute), it is somewhat easier for them to survive environmental changes. Nevertheless, like many bees, they are threatened by factors such as habitat loss, parasites, and pathogens. Luckily, anyone can help to support and attract bumble and other bee populations by planting a variety of native flowering plants.

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Tulip with Ladybug Edge ViewTechnology Note - Murano Glass
This is only the second Canadian coin to feature an embellishment of high-quality, prized Venetian glass from Murano, Italy.

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Technology Note - Color
The Royal Canadian Mint leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning look on each coin.

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Purity Note
Canada 2012 Aster with Bumblebee $20 Silver in box The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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A bumblebee made of handblown Venetian glass rests on an aster flower blossom, both rendered in vibrant color by the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology. The date of issue and denomination are both indicated.


A cameo proof portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsThe incredibly vibrant color of a puple aster flower blossom.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2012
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    10,000
Finish Proof with Color and Venetian Glass
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
Artist Maurice Gervais (coin)
Giuliano Donaggio (glass bee)
Certificate Individually Numbered

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