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ASTER BUMBLE BEE Venetian Glass Murano Silver Coin 20$ Canada 2012


This is the second coin to be embellished with Venetian glass issued by canadian Mint, a world-renowned glass prized for its clarity and extremely vibrant colours. Each glass bumble bee was handcrafted by a master-glassmaker in Murano, Italy. They combined Venetian glass with a unique coloured design to deliver a coin that boasts new and unrivalled dimension.

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Bumble Bee
Bumble bees are social insects with annual nests. A mated queen emerges from hibernation in early spring and starts a colony on her own. Nests are often found in old rodent burrows, compost piles, woodpiles, discarded sofas or cavities underneath sidewalks.
Small workers develop first and collect nectar and pollen for subsequent generations of developing brood. Unlike wasps and hornets, which feed on insects, bumble bees consume only nectar and pollen. They do not produce large amounts of honey, only enough to feed the developing young. At its peak, a bumble bee nest may contain 300-500 individuals.
Towards the end of summer, males and new queens develop. After mating, the new queens burrow into the ground where they spend the winter in hibernation. The workers, males and old queen perish in the fall.
Bumble bees pollinate a wide variety of crop and ornamental plants, and many gardeners place nesting boxes in their garden to encourage bumble bees to nest. Active bumble bee colonies are commercially available.
Management: If the bumble bees do not pose a threat, let them be; they will die out in late summer and will not use the same nest the following year. If control is necessary, it is best to contact a professional. If you elect to destroy the nest yourself, wait until night and apply an approved insecticidal dust to the nest entrance. Be sure to dress appropriately. Wear eye protection, a long-sleeved shirt, trousers and boots, and secure your sleeves and pant legs. Establish an unobstructed escape route and be ready to move quickly away if any of the bees fly towards you. If you require illumination, use a flashlight covered with red cellophane for a light - bees cannot see red. Bumble bees that get in the house can easily be coaxed out an opened window or controlled with an approved aerosol insecticide.
Bumble bees are normally docile and will only sting if provoked or if their nest is in danger. Unlike honey bees, bumble bees have a smooth stinger and can sting repeatedly. If you are stung, cooling the area with ice may be soothing.

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2012
  • 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 reverse represents a yellow banded bee sits upon the daisy-like flower of a purple Aster. The bumble bee featured in Venetian glass prized around the world for its clear, vibrant colours was handcrafted by a master glass-maker in Murano, Italy. We find around the nominal value, year and country of issue. The coin obverse depicts the effigy of Her Majesty Elizabeth II.