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GINKGO LEAF 3D Gold Leaf Collection 1 Oz Silver Coin 10$ Samoa 2014


A numismatic masterpiece, made of 1 oz of pure silver 999, this issue of a new series "Gold Leaf Collection" features a real three dimensional ginkgo gold leaf. The size of the leaf is approximately 30 x 25 mm and made from hammered gold. The coin is housed in an elegant wooden box. Extremely limited mintage of only 2000 pcs worldwide!

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Ginkgo Leaf
Ginkgos are large trees, normally reaching a height of 20–35 m (66–115 feet), with some specimens in China being over 50 m (164 feet). The tree has an angular crown and long, somewhat erratic branches, and is usually deep rooted and resistant to wind and snow damage. Young trees are often tall and slender, and sparsely branched; the crown becomes broader as the tree ages. During autumn, the leaves turn a bright yellow, then fall, sometimes within a short space of time (one to 15 days). A combination of resistance to disease, insect-resistant wood and the ability to form aerial roots and sprouts makes ginkgos long-lived, with some specimens claimed to be more than 2,500 years old.
Ginkgo is a relatively shade-intolerant species that (at least in cultivation) grows best in environments that are well-watered and well-drained. The species shows a preference for disturbed sites; in the "semiwild" stands at Tian Mu Shan, many specimens are found along stream banks, rocky slopes, and cliff edges. Accordingly, ginkgo retains a prodigious capacity for vegetative growth. It is capable of sprouting from embedded buds near the base of the trunk (lignotubers, or basal chi chi) in response to disturbances, such as soil erosion. Old individuals are also capable of producing aerial roots on the undersides of large branches in response to disturbances such as crown damage; these roots can lead to successful clonal reproduction upon contacting the soil. These strategies are evidently important in the persistence of ginkgo; in a survey of the "semiwild" stands remaining in Tianmushan, 40% of the specimens surveyed were multistemmed, and few saplings were present.

  • CountrySamoa
  • Year2014
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver, Gold
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)2.500
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

The coin's reverse features one gold ginkgo leaf in 3D laid on the coin with the serie's name "The Gold Leaf Collection", the issue date and the silver title.
The coin's obverse depicts the coat of arms of Samoa and the face value.