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Mountains & Flora - Nanga Parbat...
Mountains & Flora - Nanga Parbat and partially coloured Androsace primuloides. Modern commemorative silver proof coin.
"Mountains & Flora" series from Palau, new year 2013 issue, silver coins quality proof and Certificate of Authenticity.
Reverse shows Nanga Parbat and Androsace 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|
Translated from Sanskrit, Nanga Parbat means «naked mountain». It is also known as Diamir, «King of the mountains», and is located in the Pakistani part of the controversial region Kashmir in the Himalayas. It is 8,125 m high. The Nanga Parbat is therefore the ninth highest mountain on earth.
It took a long time before the Tyrolean Hermann Buhl first climbed the Nanga Parbat on July 3rd, 1953. In the 1930s several German expeditions failed in their attempt to conquer the peak. More than a dozen of the best German mountaineers lost their lives during their attempt. Consequently, Nazi Propaganda stylized the Nanga Parbat as the «Fateful Mountain of the Germans».
In 1970 the South Tyrolean brothers Günther and Reinhold Messner were the first to ascend the South Rupal Face which, with its approx. 4,500 m, is the highest mountain face on earth. From the summit they descended on the west side. Therefore, they succeeded in achieving the first traverse of the Nanga Parbat and the second traverse of an eightthousander ever. During this descent a tragedy occurred, in which Günther Messner lost his life.
Androsace primuloides is a species in the genus Androsace which contains approximately 194 to 223 species and belongs to the family of the Primulaceae (Primrose Family).
It produces umbels of five-stellate flowers from June to July, and is native to the western Himalaya.
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