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2006 Canadian 50-Cent Short-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly Sterling Silver Coloured Coin

Item: #2006STSBFLY    |    Mfr: Royal Canadian Mint    |   #2006STSBFLY


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2006 Canadian 50-Cent Short-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly Sterling Silver Coloured Coin 


The fifth coin in this fascinating collection features a butterfly that can only be found in the Maritimes - the Short-tailed Swallowtail. 

As its name suggests, the tails on this butterfly are shorter than other Swallowtails. And its wings are stubbier. It has a hint of orange in the rows of yellow dots that run along the edge of its black, rounded wings and a reddish-orange eye spot on the hindwing. 

There are three subspecies of Short-tailed Swallowtail. Papilio brevicauda brevicauda has the most orange and can be found in Newfoundland and Anticosti Island while Quebec's P. gaspeensis has the least amount of orange. The third subspecies, P. bretonensis lives on Cape Breton Island (Nova Scotia) and the northern shore of New Brunswick. 

Like all butterflies, the Short-tailed Swallowtail loves gardens, but it can also be seen flying over cliffs and rocky beaches by the sea, and above the tree line in the mountainous areas of this Atlantic region. It flies from mid-June to the end of July - but with the 2006 50-Cent Sterling Silver Coin featuring the Short-tailed Swallowtail in full colour, you can enjoy this unique maritime treasure at any time of year! Mintage is limited to 20,000 coins worldwide. 



- Sterling silver coin with the distinctive colouring of the Short-Tailed Swallowtail painted onto a sculpted design. 
- Fifth in the highly successful Butterfly series. 



2006 Canadian 50-Cent Short-tailed Swallowtail Butterfly Sterling Silver Coloured Coin comes encapsulated in Royal Canadian Mint display case, black beauty box and Certificate of Authenticity.



Face Value: 50 cents
Mintage: 20,000
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 9.3
Diameter (mm): 27.13
Finish: Proof

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