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CHERRY BLOSSOM CLOISONNE Flower Silver Coin 5$ Cook Islands 2012


Silver 999 coin decorated with Cloisonné technique with multicolored enamels depicting a magnificent daisy, a gorgeous flower has been eternalised in this silver coin. The Cherry Blossom is not only visually beautiful but has been used as the subject for poems and songs over and over again since time immemorial.

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The term „Cloisonné“ comes from French and means „subdivided“, separated by walls. Cloisonné is a unique enamel art technique. Thereby, in a first step, the motive is soldered onto a copper sheet with a silver wire. This wire pattern serves as a separation of each colour. Now the originated compartments are filled with enamel colours and afterwards the form is fired in the oven with 700 to 900°C. The enamel in the little compartments will sink down a bit after firing. That will require a refilling. This process will go on repeatedly until the little compartments are finally filled. Finally the surface of the work piece is polished and the silver web is electrolytically gilded to prevent an eventual oxidation.

As Japan‘s national flower, the famous Cherry Blossom has a very special status. It is the Japanese epitome of the sense of beauty and awakening. Furthermore, it symbolises the arrival of spring in the land of the rising sun. It depicts the end of the cold winter and that the warmer seasons are on their way.
The Cherry Blossom Season lasts a little less than two weeks, however the actual full blossoms can only be marvelled for three to four days. During this lively period, most Japanese celebrate the legendary Cherry Blossom festival. At the "Hanami", the traditio­nal celebration with family and friends, mostly takes place in a beautiful park and the joy of witnessing the blooming trees is shared amongst each other. A piece of this joy is eternalised through an artistically designed Cloisonné-Blossom in this beautiful silver coin.

  • CountryCook Islands
  • Year2012
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
As part of "Flowers of the World" coin series this 2011 silver coin has been released in Proof quality. The coin’s reverse portrays an image of a beatiful cherry blossom decorated with cloisonné technique. The coin’s obverse depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2012 year-date.