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Mountains & Flora - Grossglockner...
Mountains & Flora - Grossglockner and partially coloured Leontopodium alpinum. Modern commemorative silver proof coin.
"Mountains & Flora" series from Palau, year 2009 issue, silver coins quality proof and Certificate of Authenticity.
Reverse shows Grossglockner and edelweiss in colour, obverse Palau Coat of Arms $5.
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|Face Value :||5 Dollars|
|Metal :||Silver .925|
|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|
The Grossglockner (German: Großglockner or just Glockner, Slovene: Veliki Klek) is, at 3,798 metres above the Adriatic (12,461 ft), the highest mountain of Austria and the highest mountain in the Alps east of the Brenner Pass. It is part of the larger Glockner Group of the Hohe Tauern range, situated along the main ridge of the Central Eastern Alps and the Alpine divide. The Pasterze, Austria's most extended glacier, lies on the Grossglockner's eastern slope.
Leontopodium alpinum, usually called edelweiss, is a well-known mountain flower, belonging to the Asteraceae (the daisy or sunflower family).
The plant is unequally distributed and prefers rocky limestone places at about 1,800–3,000 m altitude. It is non toxic, and has been used traditionally in folk medicine as a remedy against abdominal and respiratory diseases. The dense hair appears to be an adaptation to high altitudes, protecting the plant from cold, aridity and ultraviolet radiation. As a scarce short-lived flower found in remote mountain areas, the plant has been used as a symbol for alpinism, for rugged beauty and purity associated with the Alps, and as a national symbol especially of Austria and of Switzerland. There is a folklore associated with the Edelweiss in which it is stated that giving this flower as a gift to a loved one is a promise of dedication.
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