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Niue 2018 Minions Season's Greetings - Despicable Me Happy Holidays - Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - Minion Made Christmas Tree $2 1 Troy Ounce Pure Silver Dollar Proof with Color P10

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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from Gru and his adorable Minions! Stars of the hugely popular Despicable Me films, the Minions are back to make their own version of a Christmas tree on this colorful one troy ounce, pure silver proof coin!

The adventures of the unpredictable yet always hilarious Minions, the henchmen of the reformed evil genius Gru, along with his daughters Margo, Edith and Agnes, have been embraced by audiences around the world in the animated Despicable Me movies! Now this one troy ounce pure silver proof lets you celebrate the holidays with everyone’s favorite banana-loving little yellow guys! Wish your family, friends (and even yourself!) a Happy Holidays as the adorable yet hapless Minions try to form their own lopsided version of a Christmas tree – with their unique brand of humor and heart!

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Ornaments.jpgThe pure silver proof is encapsulated in full-color, handsome presentation packaging that takes the form of a festive Christmas card, with space to make your own personal sentiments if desired. The specially designed packaging includes a cut out that allows the coin to be viewed in its capsule while still in the card!

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Obverse
This charming scene depicts a group of Minion characters from the Despicable Me films as they try to form a Christmas tree - made out of Minions, of course! The inscription “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” conveys the message of the season. The legend 1 OZ 999 SILVER guarantees the weight and purity.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, in crowned profile facing right. This portrait, featuring Her Majesty wearing a tiara and pearl earrings, was executed by the sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. The legend ELIZABETH II, the date of issue and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
The coin is encapsulated in full-color, handsome presentation packaging that takes the form of a festive Christmas card, with space to make your own personal sentiments if desired. The specially designed packaging includes a cut out that allows the coin to be viewed in its capsule while still in the card!

Specifications
Country Niue
Mint Perth Mint of Australia
Year of Issue 2018
   
Face Value Two Dollars
Weight 31.107 g
Diameter 38.60 mm
Mintage Limit    5,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
   
Artist
Ian Rank-Broadley (reverse)

Origins, History and Legends of the Christmas Tree
The Egyptians were part of a long line of cultures that treasured and worshiped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrive, they brought green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life's triumph over death. The Romans celebrated the winter solstice with a fest called Saturnalia in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. They decorated their houses with greens and lights and exchanged gifts. They gave coins for prosperity, pastries for happiness, and lamps to light one's journey through life.

Christmas_Tree.jpg Centuries ago in Great Britain, woods priests called Druids used evergreens during mysterious winter solstice rituals. The Druids used holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life, and place evergreen branches over doors to keep away evil spirits. Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.

Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth.

The Christmas tree tradition most likely came to the United States with Hessian troops during the American Revolution, or with German immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio. But the custom spread slowly. The Puritans banned Christmas trees in New England. Even as late as 1851, a Cleveland minister nearly lost his job because he allowed a tree in his church. Schools in Boston stayed open on Christmas Day through 1870, and sometimes expelled students who stayed home.

The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer Mark Carr hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them all. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and 20 years later, the custom was nearly universal. Christmas tree farms sprang up during the depression. Nurserymen couldn't sell their evergreens for landscaping, so they cut them for Christmas trees. Cultivated trees were preferred because they have a more symmetrical shape then wild ones.

Six species account for about 90 percent of the nation's Christmas tree trade. Scotch pine ranks first, comprising about 40 percent of the market, followed by Douglas fir which accounts for about 35 percent. The other big sellers are noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white spruce.

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