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This large 35 mm diameter 25 cent coin features a striking purple coneflower bloom with a red-orange tubiflora centre and bright purple petals sitting atop a realistic green stem with two smooth leaves. Perched atop the flower's lower-right petals is an Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly, its dark purple-blue wings outlined in black and white, with orange dots at the base of each hind wing. The reverse also features the word "CANADA," the date "2013" and the face value of "25 CENTS."
The purple cornflower is a favourite among Canadian gardeners not only for its easy maintenance, but its ability to attract butterflies like the eastern tailed blue. This tiny butterfly, one of Canada's smallest and most beautiful, can be found across southeastern Canada from New Brunswick to southeastern Saskatchewan.
• Mintage: 17,500
• Composition: Cupronickel
• Finish: Specimen with colour
• Diameter (mm) 35
• Edge: Serrated
• Certificate: Serialized
• Face value: 25 cents
• Artist: Maurice Gervais (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)
• 2013 25¢ Coloured Coin, Purple Coneflower and Eastern Tailed Blue Butterfly