Gratitude and affection in full bloom-
during the second world war, the invasion of Holland forced its royal family into exile and Canada provided a welcome refuge where the honoured guests remained until the Netherlands were liberated in the fall of 1945.
To express her gratitude, Princess Juliana (later Queen) sent 20000 tulip bulbs to the nation's capital. every year, more Dutch bulbs arrived and the breathtaking blanket of colour that began to cover the city quickly established Ottawa as "the Tulip Capital of North America."
2002 50-cent coin is proof quality and is authorized by the Government of Canada. This coin was expertly struck by the Royal Canadian Mint and has a limited mintage of 20000 coins worldwide.