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ORCHIDS Native 2 Silver Proof Coin Set 5$ Singapore 2015


Beautiful 2015 issue celebrates the beauty of these unusual blooms as well as pay homage to the Native Orchids of Singapore after the great success of the latest coin set. Singapore Mint proudly presents two native orchids Denbrobium Leonis e Dendrobium Secundum, both striking in looks and personality.

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Denbrobium orchids
Dendrobium is a huge genus of orchids. It was established by Olof Swartz in 1799 and today contains about 1,200 species. The genus occurs in diverse habitats throughout much of south, east and southeast Asia, including China, Japan, India, the Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Guinea, Vietnam, and many of the islands of the Pacific. The name is from the Greek dendron ("tree") and bios ("life"); it means "one who lives on trees", or, essentially, "epiphyte".

In 1981, Briegar reclassified all terete-leaved Dendrobiums from Australia and New Guinea into a new genus, Dockrillia. The Winika orchid from New Zealand was formerly D. cunninghamii, but has now been moved into a monotypic genus Winika. In 1989, Clements upgraded the D. speciosum complex into individual species; similarly, the D. bigibbum complex (which contains the well-known Cooktown Orchid of Australia, D. phalaenopsis) has recently been split up. However, as an illustration of the current revisions in the taxonomy of Orchidaceae these 'splits' have now been reversed and the currently accepted species, natural nothospecies are presented on Wikispecies Dendrobium.

  • CountrySingapore
  • Year2015
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)3.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)2

The 2015 Heritage Orchids of Singapore Coin Set features two native orchids: Denbrobium Leonis e Dendrobium Secundum. This set consists of two coins of 999 Fine Silver with colour application. Each set is accompanied by two certificates of authenticity each from the individual coins with the same serial number. This coin set is also the pioneer batch bearing a special semi-rimless effect. This special effect further accentuates the splendour of the rare blooms. The obverse of the coin depicts the Singapore Coat of Arms with the year-date 2015.