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Mountains & Flora - Mount Kenya and partially coloured Scadoxus multiflorus. Modern commemorative silver proof coin.
"Mountains & Flora" series from Palau, new year 2011 issue, silver coins quality proof and Certificate of Authenticity.
Reverse shows mount Kenya and Scadoxus in colour, obverse Palau Coat of Arms $5.
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|Face Value :||5 Dollars|
|Metal :||.925 Silver|
|Weight :||25 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 Kenya is the highest mountain in Kenya and the second-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro. The highest peaks of the mountain are Batian (5,199 metres (17,057 ft)), Nelion (5,188 metres (17,021 ft)) and Point Lenana (4,985 metres (16,355 ft)). Mount Kenya is located in central Kenya, about 16.5 kilometres (10.3 mi) south of the equator, around 150 kilometres (93 mi) north-northeast of the capital Nairobi. Mount Kenya is the source of the name of the Republic of Kenya.
Mount Kenya is a stratovolcano created approximately 3 million years after the opening of the East African rift. Before glaciation, it was 7,000 m (23,000 ft) high. It was covered by an ice cap for thousands of years. This has resulted in very eroded slopes and numerous valleys radiating from the centre. There are currently 11 small glaciers. The forested slopes are an important source of water for much of Kenya.
Scadoxus multiflorus (formerly Haemanthus multiflorus) is a bulbous plant native to most of sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Somalia to South Africa. It is also native to Arabian Peninsula (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Oman) and to the Seychelles. It is naturalized in Mexico and in the Chagos Archipelago. It is grown as an ornamental plant for its brilliantly coloured flowers, either in containers or in the ground in where the climate is suitable. There are three recognized subspecies. Strongly toxic like other Scadoxus species, it has been used as a component of arrow poisons and fishing poisons, as well as in traditional medicine. Common names, some of which are used for other species, include blood lily, bloodflower, Katherine-wheel, oxtongue lily, and powderpuff lily.
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