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ORCHIDS Native 2 Silver Proof Coin Set 5$ Singapore 2011


This inaugural 2011 issue celebrates the beauty of these unusual blooms as well as pay homage to the Native Orchids of Singapore. Singapore Mint proudly presents two native orchids Grammatophyllum speciosum and Cymbidium finlaysonianum, both striking in looks and personality.

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This impressive species is the world’s largest growing orchid plant. A fully mature plant can weigh over a ton. It forms clumps that resemble the sugar cane plant with its individual fleshy stems growing to a height of 3 metres. When flowering, it produces inflorescences that can be longer than 2 metres bearing over 30 flowers. The showy flowers are uniquely coloured and patterned like that of a tiger’s coat, hence its common name, Tiger Orchid.
The Tiger Orchid is one of the first native orchid species reintroduced under the Orchid Conservation Programme. Once extinct due to loss of habitat, the species is now enjoying a new lease of life. It has been successfully propagated and planted in various parts of Singapore, including Orchard Road and Pulau Ubin.

This species produces pendulous inflorescences of delicate flowers that are of an unusual olive colour complemented by an intense purple lip with a yellow tinge. Its narrow leaves are thick and leathery, growing up to 75cm in length and 4cm in width. This epiphytic plant is highly adaptive. It obtains its nutrients from decaying leaf litter shed by its host tree, allowing it to thrive even in a low nutrient environment.
This plant is another example of a native orchid species that has been successfully reintroduced into our urban landscape through the Orchid Conservation Programme. They can be commonly seen growing on some trees by the roadside, and when in bloom, the delicate flowers are a pleasant surprise for the passer-by.

  • CountrySingapore
  • Year2011
  • Face Value5 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)31.1 (1 oz)
  • Diameter (mm)40.7
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
  • Set (pcs)2
The 2011 Heritage Orchids of Singapore Coin Set features featuring two native orchids: Grammatophyllum speciosum and Cymbidium finlaysonianum. This coin set consists of two pieces of 999 Fine Silver coins 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 bears the Singapore Arms with the year-date 2011.