2012 $20 Aster with Venetian Glass Bumblebee - Pure Silver Coin

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Country: Canada
Year: 2012

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This 2012 $20 coin is the second coin in a series of world-renowned Royal Canadian Mint coins featuring one-of-a-kind Venetian glass insect perfectly perched on an engraved and colourful flower. Mintage is limited to 10,000 coins. HST/GST exempt.

The Design:

 A yellow banded bee sits upon the daisy-like flower of a purple Aster. The bumble bee featured in Venetian glass - prized around the world for its clear, vibrant colours - was handcrafted by a master glass-maker in Murano, Italy.


A Perfect Match: The Bumblebee 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 bumblebees, 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: 20 Dollars
Year: 2012

Diameter: 38mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.39 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.009 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Aster with Murano Glass Bumblebee
Finish: Proof
Series: Murano Glass
Quantity Produced: 10,000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Flowers, Insects

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