2009 Canada $350 Pitcher Plant Pure Gold Coin (No Tax)
More than a decade after the Mint first presented the world with its largest and purest gold coin, this annual issue continues to reign as one of the most sought-after numismatic acquisitions.
This year's incomparable 99.999% pure gold coin features the pitcher plant, a small insectivorous plant featuring one large wine-coloured flower with a stem that's based with hollow, pitcher-shaped leaves. Thriving in acidic bogs and marshes throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, it's arguably one of Canada's most unusual plants. Since its natural environment lacks vital soil nutrients other plants need to survive, the pitcher plant finds alternative energy by digesting insects that are trapped inside the leaves when they fill with water. Having survived and thrived for generations, the pitcher plant is believed to symbolize the collective flexibility and distinctiveness of many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. To celebrate these sentiments, the pitcher plant appeared on Newfoundland's one-cent coin in the late 1880's and in 1954, it was officially declared as Newfoundland and Labrador's floral emblem. And in 2009, the pitcher plant is showcased as the 12th annual issue in the Royal Canadian Mint's Canadian Floral Emblem Collection.
Highlights: A limited mintage of only 1,400 coins worldwide combined with a stunning proof finish and an internationally renowned reputation for purity make this coin a must-have for collectors worldwide. Whether it's acquired on its own or as part of a continuing series that is now 12 coins strong, the prestige of this magnificent numismatic treasure is assured.
Reverse: A cluster of pitchers with the beautiful drooping blooms that appear atop long stems in June and July.
Composition: 99.999% pure gold
Weight (g): 35
Diameter (mm): 34.00
Face value: $350
Artist: Julie Wilson (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)