Pot. Reefer. Joints. Mary Jane. Grass. Ganja. Blunts. The Chronic.
Buddha. Dope. Doobies. Wacky Tobaccy...
...and our personal favorite, "The Noble Weed". They say that the more
synonyms for something a language has, the more culturally important
that thing is (the old urban myth recounts that Eskimos have about two
dozen words to describe different forms of "snow"). Judging by that
criterion, marijuana (known by its scientific name as Cannabis sativa
must be pretty important to a fair number of people.
And that's why marijuana qualifies as
the lead coin in the new Famous
Plants of the World
coin series. This revolutionary program will feature some of best known
vegetation from around the world, but with a most interesting twist -
not only will each proof coin feature a color version of the plant, the coin will be scented
to smell like the plant it honors!
right, each coin will have the aroma of (smell like) its namesake!
Couple the scent of this bouquet with its extremely affordable price
and tiny worldwide mintage of only 2,500, and you can see why we like
Note - We've
been asked if one has to handle the coin to enjoy its bouquet. Quite
simply, no! Although
the phrase "scratch and sniff" is well known, it is not necessary to
touch the color areas of this coin in order to smell the
aroma. One need only open the capsule and the fragrance can be
Please see the article at the end of this presentation for more
information about the Republic of Benin.
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featuring plants and flowers!
The plant known as hemp has always engendered controversy. The typical
herbal form of cannabis consists of the flowers and and attached leaves
and stalks of mature female (pistillate) plants. Certainly, it
medical applications, including appetite stimulation, amelioration of
nausea and vomiting, reducing intraocular pressure (treating glaucoma),
and general analgesic (pain reducing) effects. As "medical marijuana",
hemp has been legalized in recent years in many places (such as
California and 12 other states) for said uses.
Nonetheless, we suspect that Shaggy and Scooby weren't smoking the good
stuff out in the back of the Mystery Machine to work up an appetite for
Scooby Snacks (though no doubt they got the munchies anyway). So
strictly medical remedies aren't the only uses for marihuana. In fact,
we've been told that one can actually get high by inhaling smoke or
vapors of cannabis! That's right, marijuana cigarettes are a popular
medium for partaking of this psychoactive and hallucinogenic
recreational drug. It looks like the die sinker might have had a puff
or two herself while setting up the die for this coin, based on the way
the date is laid out.
Technology Note - Aroma
This revolutionary coin is the first in
the new, scented Famous
Plants of the World series
. Each coin will feature the aroma
of the plant in questions. Each fragrance has been developed by a
professional perfumer (parfumier
using a chemical formula to replicate or reproduce the odor of the
famous plant in question. The scent is of the scratch and sniff
variety, but nevertheless can be distinctly detected without resorting
to actually touching the coin.
Releases in the Famous
Plants of the World program
commemorating the following
plants are planned:
As a disclaimer, we state up front that you can't get high by
sniffing this coin. There is no TCH (tetrahydrocannabinol) or any
other cannabinoids on this coin, and it is not illegal to own. The
certificate presented in this article describes the exact chemical
composition of the fragrance used on this coin.
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It's always been difficult for us to refer to a coin that costs under
$100 as an investment, but this one has all the hallmarks:
• A unique and popular topic,
with great graphics and a cool theme!
• The first of a new program or
• Full color technology!
• An actual aroma, prepared by
a professional perfumer, is embedded on each coin!
• Perhaps most importantly, the mintage
only 2,500 is not only very small by any standards, it also
means that no more than that number of people in the entire world can
ever own it!
So whether you have a critical eye for bargain priced, investment grade
coins, or you're just an unabashed pothead, don't delay, add this
special, low mintage scented coin to your collection today!
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A single leafy sprig of hemp is highlighted in color against a backdrop
of meticulously engraved marijuana leaves. The
legends FAMEUSES PLANTES DU MONDE and CANNABIS SATIVA define the theme,
while the date is also
A meticulously detailed rendering of the Coat of Arms of
Republic of Benin, which includes two leopards as supporters. The
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The coin is encapsulated and includes an official, full color
certificate of authenticity.
The Republic of Benin
(officially, the Republic of Benin; formerly known as Dahomey) is a
country in West Africa. It borders Togo to the west, Nigeria to the
east and Burkina Faso and Niger to the north; its short coastline in
the south leads to the Bight of Benin. Its size is just over 110,000
square kilometers, with a population of about 8.5 million. Its official
capital is the Yoruba-founded city of Porto-Novo, but the seat of
government is the Fon city of Cotonou. Benin's official language is
French, reflecting its colonial history.
A democratic government between 1960 and 1972 was followed by a
self-proclaimed "Marxist-Leninist" dictatorship between 1972 and 1991,
which was highly repressive and led to economic collapse. Multi-party
elections have taken place since 1991. About a third of the population
live below the international poverty line of US$1.25 per day. Main
income sources are subsistence agriculture and cotton.
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