Theme: King of the Maples
The Bigleaf is one of the largest and fastest-growing maple trees in Canada. Reaching heights of up to thirty metres, this elegant specimen is well named: its shiny, dark green, five-lobed leaves measure up to thirty centimetres across—by far the largest leaves of any maple in Canada.
When this proud western native tree grows in the humid, crowded Pacific forest, it can often be found with its bark and branches draped in epiphytic moss and ferns—lending a spirit of enchantment to its majestic silhouette.
In early spring, tiny yellow-green flowers hang in clusters at its twig-ends. These sweet, edible delights attract deer and other animals to the saplings. The flower is soon followed by fruit: a pair of graceful, furry, winged seeds (samaras).
Coastal aboriginal peoples have long been attracted to the tree for its savoury sap, sweet flowers, and close-grained hardwood.
Ø Features two special effects: a coloured design enhanced with a Swarovski element.
Ø A unique souvenir highlighting one of Canada’s native maple species, Bigleaf Maple (Acer macrophyllum Pursh).
Ø Struck in 99.99% pure silver.
Ø Previous 2009 and 2010 issues sold out quickly!
Item Number: 113847
Face Value: 20 dollars
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight (g): 31.39
Diameter (mm): 38
Artist: Celia Godkin
Coin is encapsulated and presented in a maroon clamshell case lined with flock and protected by a black sleeve.
Advertising Date: July 14, 2011
Launch Date: July 21, 2011