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Aster with Venetian Glass Bumble Bee C$20 .999 fine silver.
Finish: proof (with colour and Venetian glass bumble bee on the reverse). Beautiful coin. Second coin in series. Mintage: 10,000 pieces worldwide.
Artists: Maurice Gervais (coin), Giuliano Donaggio (bumble bee) (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse).
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|Face Value :||20 Dollars|
|Metal :||Pure silver .999|
|Weight :||31.39 g|
|Size :||38.00 mm|
|Mintage :||10,000 pcs. worldwide|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Original ETUI box/case :||Yes|
|Designer :||Maurice Gervais (coin), Giuliano Donaggio (bumble bee), Susanna Blunt (obverse)|
Aster is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae. Its circumscription has been narrowed, and it now encompasses around 180 species, all but one of which are restricted to Eurasia; many species formerly in Aster are now in other genera of the tribe Astereae.
A bumblebee is any member of the bee genus Bombus, in the family Apidae. There are over 250 known species, existing primarily in the Northern Hemisphere although they also occur in South America. They have been introduced to New Zealand and the Australian state of Tasmania.
Bumblebees are social insects that are characterised by black and yellow body hairs, often in bands. However, some species have orange or red on their bodies, or may be entirely black. Another obvious (but not unique) characteristic is the soft nature of the hair (long, branched setae), called pile, that covers their entire body, making them appear and feel fuzzy. They are best distinguished from similarly large, fuzzy bees by the form of the female hind leg, which is modified to form a corbicula: a shiny concave surface that is bare, but surrounded by a fringe of hairs used to transport pollen (in similar bees, the hind leg is completely hairy, and pollen grains are wedged into the hairs for transport).
Like their relatives the honey bees, bumblebees feed on nectar and gather pollen to feed their young.
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