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Australia Honey Bee 2024 $60 High Relief Two Kilo Silver Antique Coin

$5,299.00 AUD
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  • Struck from 2kg of 99.99% pure silver!
  • Featuring Individual numbering on a whopping 36.30mm edge.
  • Legal tender of Australia - measures 101.30mm in diameter.
  • Extremely limited mintage of 200 coins - secure yours today!
  • Beautiful presentation packaging alongside a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
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The Perth Mint is excited to release this spectacular 2 kilo silver coin celebrating honey bees. The ancient Egyptians attached great religious and spiritual significance to honey bees, while many civilisations honoured them in art, jewellery, sculpture, and like the Greeks, on early coins. Fourteenth century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer admired their seemingly endless industry and energy, originating the phrase ‘busy as bees’.

If any insect can lay claim to be hardworking, it is the honey bee. The survival of the hive depends upon the queen, male drones, and female workers. The task of feeding them all falls to the last group. Foraging incessantly among flowering plants, their shopping list comprises two key ingredients: nectar – a sweet, sugary solution that they process into honey; and pollen – an important source of protein and other vital nutrients, especially for the hive’s young brood.

Described by Aristotle as ‘the nectar of the gods’, the delicious taste of honey is universally savoured by mankind. When collecting pollen, bees perform a largely unnoticed, yet vital biological service. By transferring sticky grains of pollen from the male part of a flower to the female part of another flower, they help facilitate pollination – through which plants produce fruits and seeds, and hence, are able to reproduce. About three-quarters of the 
world’s flowering plants and around one third of human food supply is represented by crops that are dependent on pollination by bees. In short, bees are essential to people and the planet.

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Downies Collectables

Australia Honey Bee 2024 $60 High Relief Two Kilo Silver Antique Coin

$5,299.00 AUD

The Perth Mint is excited to release this spectacular 2 kilo silver coin celebrating honey bees. The ancient Egyptians attached great religious and spiritual significance to honey bees, while many civilisations honoured them in art, jewellery, sculpture, and like the Greeks, on early coins. Fourteenth century English poet Geoffrey Chaucer admired their seemingly endless industry and energy, originating the phrase ‘busy as bees’.

If any insect can lay claim to be hardworking, it is the honey bee. The survival of the hive depends upon the queen, male drones, and female workers. The task of feeding them all falls to the last group. Foraging incessantly among flowering plants, their shopping list comprises two key ingredients: nectar – a sweet, sugary solution that they process into honey; and pollen – an important source of protein and other vital nutrients, especially for the hive’s young brood.

Described by Aristotle as ‘the nectar of the gods’, the delicious taste of honey is universally savoured by mankind. When collecting pollen, bees perform a largely unnoticed, yet vital biological service. By transferring sticky grains of pollen from the male part of a flower to the female part of another flower, they help facilitate pollination – through which plants produce fruits and seeds, and hence, are able to reproduce. About three-quarters of the 
world’s flowering plants and around one third of human food supply is represented by crops that are dependent on pollination by bees. In short, bees are essential to people and the planet.

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