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LADY SLIPPER ORCHID WWF World Wildlife Fund Coin 100 Shillings Tanzania 2016


The successful series Officially licensed by WWF, continues with another set depicting charismatic, endangered species and ecosystems. Fifth in line is the Lady's Slipper Orchid, an orchid native to Europe and Asia. The coin is Silver-plated and has an impressive coloration. Limited mintage to 5.000 worldwide!

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WWF and the Lady's Slipper Orchid
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) is an international non-governmental organization founded on April 29, 1961, and is working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. It was formerly named the World Wildlife Fund, which remains its official name in Canada and the United States. It is the world's largest conservation organization with over 5 million supporters worldwide, working in more than 100 countries, supporting around 1,300 conservation and environmental projects. WWF is a foundation, in 2010 deriving 57% of funding from individuals and bequests, 17% from government sources (such as the World Bank, DFID, USAID) and 11% from corporations.

The lady's slipper orchid is Britain's rarest and most impressive orchid. The exotic looking flowers have claret petals that frame a beautiful bright yellow pouch. The specific name calceolus derives from the Latin for 'shoe', and like the English name of this orchid, refers to the slipper-like appearance of the pouch. Each stem usually supports one or two flowers, but rarely three. The leaves have obvious nerves along their length and are mid-green in colour.

  • CountryTanzania
  • Year2016
  • Face Value100 Shillings
  • MetalCupronickel, Silver
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProoflike
  • Mintage (pcs)5.000
  • Certificate (COA)No
  • Presentation case (box)No

The coin's reverse depicts a colored Lady's Slipper Orchid. On top of the coin, the inscription: "Cypripedium Calceolus" and the logo of WWF organization. In the bottom of the reverse, the issue date - 2016. On the coin's obverse the Coat of Arms of Tanzania and the face value – “100 Shillings”.