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Mountains & Flora - Half Dome and...
Mountains & Flora - Half Dome and partially coloured Scarlet monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis). Modern commemorative silver proof coin.
"Mountains & Flora" series from Palau, new year 2012 issue, silver coins quality proof and Certificate of Authenticity.
Reverse shows Half Dome and Mimulus in colour, obverse Palau Coat of Arms $5.
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|Face Value :||5 Dollars|
|Metal :||.925 Silver|
|Weight :||20 g|
|Size :||38.61 mm|
|Mintage :||2,500 pcs. worldwide|
|Series :||Mountains & Flora|
|Certificate of Authenticity :||Yes|
|Wooden Box :||No|
|Original ETUI box/case :||No|
The Half Dome is situated in Yosemite National Park in the U.S. State of California and is 2,693 m high. With its characteristic semi spherical shape, this mountain is the national parks landmark and together with El Capitan is one of the most photographed motives in it. The Half Dome consists of Granodiorite which is a very solid rock. Its rounded forms near the peak were formed by salt- and temperature weathering. This leads to the so-called desquamation – fine rock scaling or whole rock pieces which detach themselves from the face of the cliff.
Every year thousands of hikers climb the Half Dome. If one is in good shape it can be climbed via the normal route. It takes skilled hikers eight to twelve hours to complete the ascent and descent comprising 25 km and 1,500 m in height. Steel wires allow less experienced mountaineers to complete the last 120 m ascent – a gradient of over 45° on smooth flat rock.
Mimulus cardinalis, the scarlet monkeyflower, is a flowering perennial in the family Phrymaceae. Together with other species in Mimulus section Erythranthe, it serves as a model system for studying pollinator-based reproductive isolation.
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