2017 $15 Celebration of Spring: Lilac Blossoms - Pure Silver Coin

SKU: 159083

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Country: Canada
Year: 2017

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Blooming lilacs awaken the senses of sight and smell to alert us to the firm arrival of spring in Canada.  The familiar purple lilacs come to life on this 2017 $15 pure silver selective coloured coin. Mintage is limited to 10,000. HST/GST exempt.

The Design:

The reverse design by Canadian artist Jan Poynter combines life-like colour 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 colours capture the magnificence of the blooms and foliage while a separate depiction of a branch beneath the shrub highlights the more tubular, open-flowering nature of the Preston ‘Isabella’ blossoms.  To the left is a close-up view of the purple blooms that have become synonymous with the uplifting fragrance and colours of spring.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 15 Dollars
Year: 2017

Diameter: 36.07mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 23.17 grams
Bullion Weight: 0.745 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: Lilac in full bloom
Artist: Jan Poynter
Finish: Proof
Series: Celebration of Spring
Quantity Produced: 10,000
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Flora

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