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BUTTERFLY 3D Exotic Butterflies Silver Coin 5$ Tokelau 2012


This coin edition is as unique as this exotic butterfly. A 3D-effect within one’s reach. The sensational coloured butterfly with its posed wings appears almost to be alive! Experience numismatics in a complete new visual effect!

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The butterfly represents light heartedness, beauty and freedom. In many nations of the world the butterfly is considered to be a symbol of reincarnation and immortality of the soul. This is because the butterfly passes through several stages of development before it reaches its final shape. In zoology this development is called metamorphosis.
It begins when a small caterpillar hatches out of the butterfly egg which is often also called larvae. When the caterpillar has reached its full size, after shedding several layers of skin, the most complex stage of its development begins: the transformation from a creeping caterpillar that eats leaves into a butterfly which can fly and feeds on flower nectar.

Ornithoptera priamus
Commonly known as the common green birdwing, Cape York Birdwing, Priam's Birdwing or Northern Birdwing, is a widespread species of birdwing butterfly found in the central and south Moluccas, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Solomon Islands, and northeast Australia.
Ornithoptera priamus is a variable species. There have been as many as 99 subspecies described, with many more named variants and forms described for both sexes.
As in other species of the genus Ornithoptera, the females are larger and less vividly coloured than the males, them being mainly blackish or dark brown with patterns in pale brown, yellow or white. Nonetheless, females are extremely variable, and they may have colour patterns similar to females of other Ornithoptera species.
In males, iridescent areas of the wing are typically green, although some subspecies endemic to island groups east of New Guinea have blue males.

  • CountryTokelau
  • Year2012
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)925/1000
  • Weight (g)25
  • Diameter (mm)38.61
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)No
The coin reverse depict a extraordinary beautiful colorful 3D butterfly posed on a flower, on the top edge the legend "Papillon Exotiques" and on the bottom one the legend "Ornithoptera Priamus" and the issue year "2012". The three-dimensional butterfly with the magnificent wings, the innate elegance, light as air, fascinating how nature can be. The butterfly really appears to be alive, its softness is almost touching! The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.