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One of the loveliest signs of spring, the lilac blooms as the weather warms. Its showy blooms add a sweet perfume to the gentlest breeze while peppering the landscape with lush sprigs of purple, pink or white. This fine Silver coin presents a colorful celebration to that harbinger of warmer days, the lilac, whose clustered blossoms lead the charge of May and June's flowers in Canada.
- Contains 3/4 oz of .9999 fine Silver.
- Encapsulated and presented in a mint-branded wooden box with a graphic beauty box.
- Very limited mintage of 10,000 coins.
- Obverse: Likeness of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse: Features a springtime display of a lilac in full bloom.
- Guaranteed by the Royal Canadian Mint.
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The reverse design by Canadian artist Jan Poynter combines life-like color and detailed engraving to recreate the springtime display of a lilac in full bloom. This depiction showcases the Preston lilac, which was created in 1920 at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, Ontario, by Canada’s first female hybridist: Isabella Preston (1881-1965). The realistic representation of this late blooming, Canadian variety is in keeping with the style of traditional botanical illustrations, which is particularly fitting given the lilac’s rich history. The application of vivid mauve and deep green colors capture the magnificence of the blooms and foliage; but a separate depiction of a branch beneath the shrub highlights the more tubular, open-flowering nature of the Preston blossoms. To the left is a close-up view of the purple blooms that have become synonymous with the uplifting fragrance and colors of spring.
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