2012 25c Flower and Fauna: Aster with Bumble Bee - Coloured Coin

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Country: Canada
Year: 2012

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This 2012 25 cent engraved and coloured coin showcases a beautiful aster sharing its pollen with an intricately detailed bumblebee. It is coin two in a series featuring coloured flowers and their “friends”. Mintage is limited to 20,000 coins worldwide. 


The Design:

A yellow banded bee sits upon the daisy-like flower of a purple Aster.

A Perfect Match: The Bumble Bee and the Aster:

The North American species of Aster (reclassified in the 1990s to other genera, but still commonly known as asters) are flowering perennial herbs usually bearing striking blue, mauve, pink, or white flowers. These lovely plants share an important symbiosis with bumble bees: the bees are one of the asters’ key pollinators and for many bumble bees, asters are a major food source. It is one of summer’s iconic moments: a buzzing black-and-yellow bumble bee plodding 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, 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. 


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 25 Cents
Year: 2012

Diameter: 35mm
Material: Other
Weight: 12.61 grams

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Aster with Bumble Bee
Finish: Specimen with Colour
Quantity Produced: 20,000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Nature's Canny Cultivator

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