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RED TRILLIUM CRYSTAL DEW Silver Coin Swarovski Crystal 20$ Canada 2014


Fourth coin of a unique collectible honouring Canada’s botanical heritage: in this issue Red Trillium. This coin to combine colour and a crystal effect to create a unique keepsake of Canada’s diverse flora, with the shine of 99.99% pure silver as the ideal composition for capturing the essence of water.

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Red Trillium
Trillium erectum, also known as wake-robin, red trillium, purple trillium, Beth root, or stinking Benjamin, is a species of flowering plant native to the east and north-east of North America. It is a Spring ephemeral, an herbaceous perennial whose life-cycle is synchronised with that of the deciduous forests where it lives.
This plant grows to about 40 cm (16 in) in height with a spread of 30 cm (12 in), and can tolerate extreme cold in winter, surviving temperatures down to −35 °C (−31 °F). Like all trilliums, its parts are in groups of three, with 3-petalled flowers above whorls of pointed triple leaves.The leaves contain calcium oxalate crystals and crystal raphide, and should not be consumed by humans. The flowers are a deep red colour, though there is a white form. The flowers have the smell of rotting meat, as they are pollinated by flies.

The plant takes its name "wake-robin" by analogy with the Robin, which has a red breast heralding spring.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2014
  • Face Value20 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.39
  • Diameter (mm)38
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes

This coin features a bright burgundy red trillium bloom where three ruddy petals sit atop three red-lined green sepals. From the centre of the flower rise six pink stamens and three short stigmas. Viewed from the front and slightly above, the flower is perched on a bowing, delicate green stem above the characteristic whorl of three leaf-like bracts borne by all trilliums. Each petal of the flower is adorned with a sparkling crystal-coloured Swarovski element. The coin obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Elizabeth II.