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ORCHIDS Native 2 Silver Proof Coin Set 5$ Singapore 2012


Beautiful 2012 issue celebrates the beauty of these unusual blooms as well as pay homage to the Native Orchids of Singapore after the great success of 2011 coin set. Singapore Mint proudly presents two native orchids Arundina graminifolia e Bulbophyllum macranthum, both striking in looks and personality.

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The bamboo orchid (Arundina graminifolia) is a species of orchid and the sole of the genus Arundina. This tropical Asiatic genus extends from India, Nepal, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, South China to Indonesia and across the Pacific Islands. It has been introduced in Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Panama. The bamboo orchid is a terrestrial multiperennial orchid with reedy stems, forming into large clumps growing to a height between 36 inches to 10 feet.
This orchid blooms in summer and autumn, showing rather open clusters of showy terminal flowers, ten at the most. They bloom in succession on the terminal racemes. These flowers are a rosy lilac and white disk with a purple lip. The bracts are wide triangular and surround the main stalk of the flower cluster. The occasional fertilized seed pods contain minute powdery seeds, and small plants often develop near the cane ends after flowering, and likely aid in propagation if allowed to reach the soil.

Bulbophyllum macranthum is native to Asia. In some areas it can be confused with similar-looking species (B. praetervisum in Borneo, which differs in having a pair of downward-pointing teeth on the column, and B. grandifolium in New Guinea, which differs in having a triangular, rather than quadrangular, basal part of the lip. Bulbophyllum macranthum grows in a very wide range of habitats, and has been collected in primary and secondary, evergreen, semi-deciduous and deciduous, broadleaf and coniferous, lowland to montane forests.
During the warmer months, Bulbophyllum macranthum bears large, solitary flowers with an exotic, sweet perfume. The bright flowers are somewhat variable in colour and are unusual in that they are held upside-down in comparison to the majority of orchids.

  • CountrySingapore
  • Year2012
  • 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 2012 Heritage Orchids of Singapore Coin Set features featuring two native orchids: Arundina graminifolia and Bulbophyllum macranthum. 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 2012.