Canada 2010 Crystal Pinecones $20 Holiday Pine Cones Pure Silver Proof with MOONLIGHT Light Blue Swarovski Crystal Gemstones
List Price: $149.95 - Savings: $50.00
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A large, beautiful silver holiday
set with moonlight
Swarovski crystals - with an extremely low mintage!
Two of the most
popular and anticipated releases of the numismatic year are the Crystal
from the Royal Canadian Mint. This year, we're proud to announce a
special bonus as well! There are not only two new silver snowflakes,
there are also two Crystal Pinecones Pure Silver Proofs
is a month of festive decorations, including garlands and wreaths
evergreen boughs and their fruits -
pinecones. Be they spruce, fir or pine, these coniferous trees are
powerful symbols of life
that survived winter’s cold and darkest days. Ancient peoples
fires with evergreens to provide warmth, and and decorated
their homes with the pine
to preserve the promise of spring to come.
How did pine cones come to be associated with Christmas? On explanation
holds it was natural, as they occurred on the Christmas tree as well as
pine boughs used to make wreaths, garland and sprays. More
symbolically, as the fruit of an evergreen tree, pinecones represented
rebirth and regeneration. Even in today’s technology-centered
world, the pine cone provides a compelling connection to the essence of
nature, a reminder of the hope and comfort that lie in the eternal
cycle of life.
For more information about Swarovski
Crystals and the origins of the pine Christmas tree, please
at the end of this article.
You can't help but
desire the Crystal
Pinecones Silver Proof! Stunning in its beauty,
color, and low mintage,
it's a sure keeper! What's not to like?
* It is embedded with three glistening
* It is minted in 99.99% pure
* It has a high face value
mintage limit of only 5,000
is not only very small by silver
coin standards, it also means that no more than that number of people
in the entire
world can ever own it!
* Previous Canadian silver proofs with a mintage
of under 10,000 (including the 2009
Autumn Showers Crystal Raindrop, which also has a Swarovski
Crystal embedded in it) have
sold out at the mint virtually instantly, so we recommend not
delaying if you want to make this beauty yours.
The obverse is
with an intricately-engraved, full-face image of a festive pine garland
spray, which glitters with the Swarovski crystals set in it. The date
Her Majesty, Queen
Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right.
This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian
Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH
II and denomination also appear.
The coin is encapsulated
burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with
black velvet and protected by a black outer box. An
individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.
Swarovski Crystal Swarovski
is the luxury brand name for the range of precision-cut crystal glass
products produced by the privately-owned company Swarovski AG of
Feldmeilen, Austria (near Zürich, Switzerland). Swarovski
was born when a Bohemian, Daniel Swarovski, invented an automatic
cutting machine in 1892. In 1895 the Swarovski company was founded when
he established a crystal cutting factory in Wattens (near Innsbruck,
Tyrol, Austria). Here he could take advantage of local hydroelectricity
for the energy-intensive grinding processes he had patented.
Swarovski crystal contains approximately 32% lead to maximize
refraction. The Swarovski Crystal firm produces a wide range
products, but is world-renowned for the incredible quality and
brilliance of its crystal jewelry.
In order to create a crystal that allows light to refract in a rainbow
spectrum, Swarovski coats some of its crystals with special metallic
chemical coatings. For example, Aurora Borealis, or "AB", is one of the
most popular coatings, and gives the surface a rainbow oil slick
appearance. Recent developments include the 2004 release of a new,
patented cut, Xilion, designed to optimize the brilliance of roses
(crystal components with flat backs) and chatons (diamond-cut
Origins, History and Legends of
the Christmas Tree
The Egyptians were part of a long line of cultures that treasured and
worshiped evergreens. When the winter solstice arrive, they brought
green date palm leaves into their homes to symbolize life's triumph
over death. The Romans celebrated the winter solstice with a fest
called Saturnalia in honor of Saturnus, the god of agriculture. They
decorated their houses with greens and lights and exchanged gifts. They
gave coins for prosperity, pastries for happiness, and lamps to light
one's journey through life.
Centuries ago in Great Britain, woods priests called Druids used
evergreens during mysterious winter solstice rituals. The Druids used
holly and mistletoe as symbols of eternal life, and place evergreen
branches over doors to keep away evil spirits. Late in the Middle Ages,
Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or
just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring.
Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.
Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating
trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year
1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the
beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with
snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little
fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He
decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth.
The Christmas tree tradition most likely came to the United States with
Hessian troops during the American Revolution, or with German
immigrants to Pennsylvania and Ohio. But the custom spread slowly. The
Puritans banned Christmas trees in New England. Even as late as 1851, a
Cleveland minister nearly lost his job because he allowed a tree in his
church. Schools in Boston stayed open on Christmas Day through 1870,
and sometimes expelled students who stayed home.
The Christmas tree market was born in 1851 when Catskill farmer Mark
Carr hauled two ox sleds of evergreens into New York City and sold them
all. By 1900, one in five American families had a Christmas tree, and
20 years later, the custom was nearly universal. Christmas tree farms
sprang up during the depression. Nurserymen couldn't sell their
evergreens for landscaping, so they cut them for Christmas trees.
Cultivated trees were preferred because they have a more symmetrical
shape then wild ones.
Six species account for about 90 percent of the nation's Christmas tree
trade. Scotch pine ranks first, comprising about 40 percent of the
market, followed by Douglas fir which accounts for about 35 percent.
The other big sellers are noble fir, white pine, balsam fir and white