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Canada 2010 Crystal Dewdrops #1 - Water Lily Lotus Flower Blossom Swarovski Flora $20 Pure Silver Proof with Color

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A delicate water lily blossom hosts three perfect crystal dewdrops on this simply stunning pure silver proof!
 
Sold out at the Mint!In combining the beauty and simplicity of multiple Swarovski Crystals with its unique colorization process, the Royal Canadian Mint has produced a marriage made in heaven - and the first Canadian coin of its kind! Here we find an exquisite water lily blossom and pads bejeweled with not one, but three, Swarovski Crystal dewdrops, with a second technology, the Mint's proprietary colorization, thrown in for good measure! Minted in the purest silver in the world, the mintage limit is only 10,000 - far too few to satisfy worldwide demand. A very fast sell out at the Mint was expected and, as anticipated, has occurred!

The Water Lily Pure Silver Proof is the first in the Crystal Dewdrops Series and third release in the Swarovski Crystal Flora Program.

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A close up view of a white peachy pink, blossoming water lily flower, with yellow stamens.The Beautiful and Fragrant Water Lily
The water lily (Nymphaea odorata, also known as the lotus flower, beaver root and fragrant water lily) is an exceptionally beautiful water plant, crowning North American lakes and waterways from late spring to mid-autumn. It is famous for its showy, pinkish white flowers and round green leaves that can reach up to a foot (30 cm) in diameter. The flowers are radially symmetric with prominent yellow stamens and many petals. This particular water lily gets its Latin scientific name odorata from its exceptionally fragrant blossoms.

Each flower blooms for only three days, opening in the morning and closing at night. Its attractive cup-like form is designed for an unique pollination process. On the first day, a sweet-smelling fluid is released to attract pollen-laden insects that are washed clean and fertilize the stigmas. On the second and third days, the flower releases pollen which is carried away by insects that visit the plant. After this brief blooming period, the plant’s stalks recoil, thereby pulling the flower under water where its seeds mature and are released into the lake bed.

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The Cultural Significance of the Lotus
Throughout history, the water lily or lotus flower has enjoyed a prominent role in many cultures. Throughout North America, many Native American (Indian) tribes used the water lily’s roots, leaves and flowers for medicinal purposes. Even the rhizomes, young leaves and lower buds were eaten, and the seeds were fried or ground into flour.

The famous painting of the bridge in French Impressionist painter Claude Monet's water garden at Giverny, entitled The ancient Egyptians revered the Nile water lilies, or lotuses as they were also known. The lotus motif is a frequent feature of temple column architecture. The Egyptian blue water lily opens its flowers in the morning and then sinks beneath the water at dusk, while the Egyptian white water lily flowers at night and then closes in the morning. This symbolizes the Egyptian separation of deities and is a motif associated with Egyptian beliefs concerning death and the afterlife. The recent discovery of the psychedelic properties of the blue lotus may also have been known to the Egyptians and explain its ceremonial role. Remains of both flowers have been found in the burial tomb of Pharaoh Ramses II, known as the Great.

The water lily's sublime perfection was a chief source of inspiration for one of the world's greatest artists. Painter Claude Monet, one of the founders of the French Impressionist movement, has enjoyed unparalleled renown, thanks in large part to his famous series of water lilies. These 250 or so oil paintings were executed at his flower garden at Giverny, in the north of France. Water lilies can make very good investments - on June 24, 2008 one of Monet's water lily paintings, Le Bassin aux Nympheas, sold for almost £41 million (over $60 million) at Christie's in London, roughly double the estimate of £18 to £24 million.

Of course, the water lily continues to play a prominent role in floral, aquatic and botanical gardens the world over, as it has for centuries.

The Water Lily Pure Silver Proof is the first in the Crystal Dewdrops Series and third release in the Swarovski Crystal Flora Program.

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Investment Notes

Stunning in its artistry, beauty and simplicity, this new pure silver proof in the Swarovski Crystal Flora Series ups the ante with a new twist: three stunning, gem-like Swarovski Crystals! What's not to like:
    1)  An extremely low mintage limit - only 10,000!
    2)  The Mint's exquisite colorization (more on this below)!
    3)  A full proof finish, in which the mirrored background cleverly serves as the pond in which the water lily rests!
    4)  A high face value (denomination) - 20 dollars!
    5)  Three (not one!) genuine Swarovski crystals!
This is only the third Royal Canadian Mint coin ever to combine Swarovski Crystals with color, and the first such coin to sport more than one Swarovski crystal!

A broader view of a clutch of water lily blossoms and pads with flowers floating in a darkly mirrored pond or lake. Taken together, these upgrades create the most unique coin in the series - and a work of unparalleled gorgeousness! We believe that this coin presents an entry-level investment opportunity in a relatively low-priced, precious metal proof. This coin sold out in just weeks at the mint!

For more information about Swarovski crystals of Austria, please see the presentation at the end of this article.

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Technology Note
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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Canada 2010 Water Lily Crystal Dewdrops in box Purity Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. This one ounce silver coin is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
A beautiful, full-color image of single water lily blossom and two lily pads, glistening with morning dew drops, represented by three genuine Swarovski crystals. The date and denomination are both indicated.

Reverse

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") and mint mark also appear.

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

SpecificationsThe famous painting of the water lillies in French Impressionist painter Claude Monet's water garden at Giverny, entitled
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
   
Face Value 20 Dollars
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Mintage Limit    10,000
   
Finish Proof with Color and Swarovski Crystal
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist Claudio D'Angelo
Certificate Individually Numbered

 

Swarovski Crystal
SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS Swarovski is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of Feldmeilen, Austria (near Zürich, Switzerland). Swarovski crystal was born when a Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski, invented an automatic cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens (near Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria). Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented.

Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize refraction. The Swarovski Crystal firm produces a wide range range of products, but is world-renowned for the incredible quality and brilliance of its crystal jewelry.

In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick appearance. Recent developments include the 2004 release of a new, patented cut, Xilion, designed to optimize the brilliance of roses (crystal components with flat backs) and chatons (diamond-cut crystals).

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