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Cook Islands 2011 Daisy Cloisonne Enamel Gilded $5 Pure Silver High Relief Proof with 24-Karat Gold Plating

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Beautiful, low-mintage pure silver proof features Old World cloisonné enamel technique and a touch of gold, too!

Sold out at the Mint! A beautiful daisy adorns this crown sized, pure silver proof. But not just any daisy - a large daisy pops out in full color, thanks to the nearly lost art of Old World, cloisonné enamel! With its pristine white petals and vibrant, yellow "eye" outlined in pure, 24-karat gold plating, and its extremely low mintage of only 2,500, this is a sure keeper (as well as a great investment opportunity)!

DaisyIt is thought that the name "daisy" is a corruption of "day's eye", because the whole head closes at night and opens in the morning. Because of this early doctors believed the daisy could cure eye ailments. Although this probably isn't true, the daisy is an herb with medicinal properties. Daisy tea can relax the bronchials and soothe stomach ulcers as well as digestive troubles.

In medicine the daisy was once a described as a panacea. Crushed, it can serve as a poultice on wounds and contusions. In the past daisies were used as a remedy against colds. It is also possible to eat them - the flavor is mild and aromatic. The flower buds taste very sweet, but the roots are also edible.

In the Greek mythology this plant is consecrated to the goddess Aphrodite, while in Christianity to the Virgin Mary, where it symbolizes her tears. The daisy has been a popular oracle of love for young girls. This is perhaps the best known use of the daisy (outside the garden, at least) - as a prognosticator of affections. "He loves me, he loves me not..." The last leaf is supposed to make the decision - but who knows if it’s the right one?

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Investment Notes
Stunning in its artistry, beauty and simplicity, this new, pure silver proof features one of the most popular flowers in the world, the daisy, and then ups the ante with a new twist: stunning cloisonné enamel! What's not to like?
    1)  An extremely low mintage limit - only 2,500!
    2)  Exquisite, full color enameling!
    3)  A full proof finish, with the leaves in frosted cameo relief!
    4)  Crown-size (larger than a U.S. Silver Dollar) and struck in 99.9% pure silver!
    5)  24-Karat Gilt Work as well!

Here is a work of unparalleled gorgeousness! We believe that this coin presents an entry-level investment opportunity in a relatively low-priced, precious metal proof.

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Technology Note - Cloisonné Enameling
Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metal using vitreous enamel; it is believed to date from the 12th century BC, making the technique bout 3200 years old! The decoration is formed by first adding compartments (cloisons in French) to the metal object by adhering thin gold wire to their edges. These remain visible in the finished piece, separating the different compartments of the enamel or inlays, which are often of several colors.

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Technology Note - Gold Plating
The Royal Canadian Mint’s proprietary selective gold plating process is the most advanced in the world, resulting in unparalleled precision and beauty.

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Obverse
A large daisy flower blossoms in cloisonné enamel, gilt in 24-karat gold plating on a field of silver. The legend FLOWERS OF THE WORLD - THE DAISY defines the theme.

Reverse

Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, 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 and denomination also appear.

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Packaging
Each coin is encapsulated and accompanied by an official certificate of authenticity with full specifications.

Specifications
Country Cook Islands
Year of Issue 2011
   
Face Value 5 Dollars
Weight 25 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Mintage Limit    2,500
   
Finish Proof with Cloisonné Enamel and 24-Karat Gold Plating
Composition .999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Certificate Included
Packaging Encapsulated

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The official coat of arms of the islands nation of Cook Islands, in the South Pacific Ocean.The Cook Islands
The Cook Islands are a self-governing parliamentary democracy in free association with New Zealand. The fifteen small islands in this South Pacific Ocean country have a total land area of 92.7 square miles (240 square kilometers), but the Cook Islands Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) covers 700,000 square miles (1.8 million square kilometers) of ocean. As of the 2006 census, the country has a total population of just under 20,000.

The main population centers are on the island of Rarotonga (14,153 as of 2006), where there is an international airport. There is also a much larger population of Cook Islanders in New Zealand, particularly the North Island. In the 2006 census, 58,008 New Zealanders identified themselves as being of ethnic Cook Island Maori descent.

With over 90,000 visitors traveling to the islands in 2006, tourism is the Cook Islands' number one industry, and the leading element of the economy, far ahead of offshore banking, pearls, marine and fruit exports.

Defense is the responsibility of New Zealand, in consultation with the Cook Islands and at its request. In recent times, the Cook Islands have adopted an increasingly independent foreign policy.

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