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The cactus on coins
« on: February 06, 2016, 12:32:07 PM »
Turks and Caicos, 5 crowns, 1975.  Turk's head cactus. Melocactus intortus.

See: Turk's Head Cactus.

The cactus got its name from its cylindrical red flowering top, which to some early botanist must have resembled a Turkish fez. The cactus is now the national plant, appearing on both the national seal and flag. Amusingly enough, I read once that when the original draft of the seal was sent to the UK for approval, a British artist mistook the cactus for an igloo, added an entrance way and painted it white. So the igloo briefly became a national symbol of the Turks and Caicos! The UK is supposed to produce the world's best geographers, but somebody overlooked the fact that 21.5°N latitude is a little warm for igloos.
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Re: The cactus on coins
« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2016, 12:33:15 PM »
Turkey, 10,000 lira, 1986.  Cacti.  World Cup, Mexico.
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Re: The cactus on coins
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2016, 12:38:48 PM »
Mexico, 20 centavos, 1964.

One of the most beautiful designs in modern numismatics: the Pyramid of the Sun, framed by cacti: specifically the prickly pear cactus.

The reverse shows Mexico's national emblem: an eagle perched on a cactus.
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In 1990 the Turks and Caicos Islands issued a crown coin to celebrate the 90th birthday of the Queen Mother. The reverse depicted two cacti.

See: Queen Mother's 90th birthday commemoratives: flower series of 1990.
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Re: The cactus on coins
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2019, 01:11:26 AM »
USA, Arizona quarter, 2008.
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