BENIN 100 FRANCS 2011 ROSA INDICA FRAGANS
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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,