BENIN 100 FRANCS 2011 ROSA INDICA FRAGANS

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  • Sold Date: Apr 24,2011
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Nothing says "romance" like a long stemmed red rose! The rose is the best-loved and most popular flower in the world, as well as the ultimate symbol of love and beauty. The deep, luxuriant color red of a rose is unique and represents affection and passion; as such, red roses are also the perfect way to celebrate St. Valentine's Day. Not only are roses delicately beautiful, they also smell wonderful! A single, perfect red rose blossom , set amidst a field of wild roses, graces this coin in both majestic full color as well as with its distinctive, sweetly aromatic fragrance!
When the first immigrants began arriving in Canada almost 300 years ago, many brought the botanical treasures from their homeland. The first roses to arrive were from France, but they were ill equipped to endure the extreme climates of North America. It wasn't until later that hardier varieties began to tempt their fate against the Canadian winter.
One of the most notable is R. Hugonis , or Father Hugo's rose, named after Father Hugh Scallon, the missionary who discovered this beautiful rose in China and sent it to England in 1899. It wasn't long before the tough disposition of this rugged rose became obvious, and the Golden Rose of China was brought to Canada.
This vigorous beauty is a gardener's dream! Every spring, despite the ravages of winter, this 8 foot (2.5 m) tall shrub will produce a bounty of delicate blooms. Their perfect golden color is a sight to behold!

The Long-Stemmed Red Rose is the third release in the new Famous Plants of the World coin series. This revolutionary program will feature some of best known vegetation from around the world, but with a most interesting twist - not only will each proof coin feature a color version of the plant, the coin will be scented to smell like the plant it honors! That's right, each coin will have the aroma of (smell like) its namesake! Couple the scent of this bouquet with its extremely affordable price and tiny worldwide mintage of only 2,500, and you can see why we like this coin!
Technology Note - Aroma
This revolutionary coin is the third in the new, scented Famous Plants of the World series . Each coin will feature the aroma of the plant in questions. Each fragrance has been developed by a professional perfumer ( parfumier ) using a chemical formula to replicate or reproduce the odor of the famous plant in question. The scent is of the scratch and sniff variety, but nevertheless can be distinctly detected without resorting to actually touching the coin.
Releases in the Famous Plants of the World program commemorating the following plants are planned:
Marijuana
Christmas Pine Tree
Rose
Lily
Obverse
A full color image of a single, long stemmed rose blossom, set against a bunch of wild roses. The legends FAMEUSES PLANTES DU MONDE and ROSA INDICA FRAGRANS define the theme, while the date is also indicated.
Reverse
A meticulously detailed rendering of the Coat of Arms of the Republic of Benin, which includes two leopards as supporters. The denomination also appears. Packaging
The coin is encapsulated and includes an official, full color, individually numbered certificate of authenticity.
Specifications Country Republic of Benin Year of Issue 2011 Face Value 100 Francs CFA Weight 27.0 g Size 38.61 mm Mintage Limit 2,500 Finish Proof with Color and Aroma Composition Copper Nickel with .999 Fine (Pure) Silver Plating Edge Reeded (milled, serrated)
The Republic of Benin
Benin (officially, the Republic of Benin; formerly known as Dahomey) is a country in West Africa. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north; its short coastline in the south leads to the Bight of Benin. Its size is just over 110,000 square kilometers, with a population of about 8.5 million. Its official capital is the Yoruba-founded city of Porto-Novo, but the seat of government is the Fon city of Cotonou. Benin's official language is French, reflecting its colonial history.
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