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BLUE FLAG IRIS Swarovski Crystal Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2013


The flower immortalized as the fleur-de-lys symbol of Quebec is not a lily, as many people believe, but Iris versicolor. Canada’s most ubiquitous native iris, and the provincial flower of Quebec, the showy Blue Flag adorns wetlands, meadows, and shorelines from Manitoba to Newfoundland and is a perennial favourite of Canadian gardeners. A stunning flower design with three Swarovski.

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Blue Flag Iris
Iris versicolor, also commonly known as the 'Blue flag', 'Harlequin Blueflag', 'Larger Blue Flag', 'Northern Blue Flag', and 'Poison Flag', plus other variations of those names.
It is a species of Iris native to North America where it is common in sedge meadows, marshes, and along streambanks and shores. The flower get its name Versicolor from the Greek word Rainbow, in allusion to the prismatic colors of the species.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2013
  • 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

The coin was designed by Canadian artist Celia Godkin and features the open blossom of a beautiful Blue Flag Iris. The soft mauve-blue inner petals of this Iris versicolor specimen reach skyward, while its intricately patterned outer petals bow gracefully toward the ground. Each of the three visible sepals, dark-veined indigo at their outer edges with a feathery pattern of soft blue where they meet the petals, is dotted with a sparkling Swarovski crystal “dew drop” element. The bloom sits atop its bright green stem, a closed bud poised just beneath it. On top of coin the issue country "Canada", the face value and the issue date 2015.

On the coin's reverse the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.