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Mountains & Flora - 1st Ascent of Mount Everest, partially coloured Himalayan blue poppy (Meconopsis betonicifolia) and climbers. Modern commemorative silver proof coin.
"Mountains & Flora" series from Palau, year 2013 issue, silver coins quality proof and Certificate of Authenticity.
Reverse shows Mount Everest, blue poppy and climbers in colour, obverse Palau Coat of Arms $5.
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|Face Value :||5 Dollars|
|Metal :||Silver .925|
|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|
Mount Everest is the Earth's highest mountain, with a peak at 8,848 metres (29,029 ft) above sea level and the 5th tallest mountain measured from the centre of the Earth. It is located in the Mahalangur section of the Himalayas. The international border between China and Nepal runs across the precise summit point. Its massif includes neighboring peaks Lhotse, 8,516 m (27,940 ft); Nuptse, 7,855 m (25,771 ft) and Changtse, 7,580 m (24,870 ft).
60 Years ago, on May 29th, 1953 to be precise, the New Zealander Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay succeeded in the first ascent to the peak. After his return, Hillary pleased with himself first said to his friend of many years George Lowe: “Well George, we finally knocked the bastard off.“
Although no summit photo of Hillary exists, the Western world insists that he was the first man on Mount Everest. Norgay and Hillary themselves always stressed that the conquest of the mountain was achieved as a team and stayed friends throughout their lifetimes.
Meconopsis betonicifolia, also known as Meconopsis baileyi and the Himalayan blue poppy, was first discovered in 1912, by Lt. Col. Frederick Marshman Bailey.
M. betonicifolia is hardy in most of the United Kingdom and it has striking large blue flowers but it probably owes much of its success to the fact that, unlike most Meconopsis, it is perennial.
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