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Slovenia: €2 "Botanical Gardens" 2010
« on: July 16, 2009, 11:39:11 AM »
Next year the Botanical Gardens in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana will be 200 years old. On that occasion a commemorative €2 coin will be issued; this is the design:



"Established in 1810, the Ljubljana Botanical Gardens are Slovenia's oldest cultural, scientific and educational institution operating uninterruptedly since its foundation. The Gardens contain more than 4,500 different species and subspecies. One third of them are endemic to Slovenia, while the rest originate from other parts of Europe and other continents." http://www.ljubljana.si/en/tourism/ljubljana/points_of_interest/botanical-gardens/31789/podrobno.html

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Slovenia 2€ commemorative 2010
« Reply #1 on: July 16, 2009, 11:39:57 AM »
In 2010 Slovenia will issue 1,000,000 2 Euro circulation coins commemorating the bicentenary of the botanical garden in Ljubljana.
As yet I am not at liberty to show the original design (by Gorazd Kθakar), but the attached picture shows an artist's impression of what the coin actually will look like.

One may wonder why the Slovenians have chosen to picture such a common-looking plant, but a Slovenian touristic website tells us that this plant is not common at all. Read on ...
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Hladnikia (Hladnikia pastinacifolia)

Hladnikia appears unpretentious when first seen and if nothing is known about it. However, it is one of the most distinguished plants of the Slovene flora. It has tripartite, denticulate, shining green leaves. Its whitish flowers are in characteristic umbellate clusters. It is the representative of an independent genus, which has only one species. This in itself makes it a speciality, since the great majority of genera have a number of species. Hladnikia is also a geologically old species, being a relict preserved from the time before the ice ages.

It was found in the second decade of the nineteenth century, on Čaven, by the Slovene botanist, Franc Hladnik, a priest, teacher in Ljubljana and founder of the Ljubljana Botanical Garden (1810), the oldest natural history institution here. The new species was called after him, and thus a monument was erected to him that the teeth of time cannot destroy.

Hladnikia grows on rocky meadows and cliffs in Trnovo forest, on Čaven, Kuclje, Zeleni rob and Poldonovec. It has a very restricted range of distribution. It is classified on the Slovene Red List among rare plants, since it is one of the older endemics and has its classical locality - birthplace - here, where it was found and described.   
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Re: Slovenia 2€ commemorative 2010
« Reply #2 on: July 16, 2009, 02:56:57 PM »
One may wonder why the Slovenians have chosen to picture such a common-looking plant, but a Slovenian touristic website tells us that this plant is not common at all. Read on ...

Right, I had wondered about that too. Thanks for that information!

(Hmm, 46 seconds between our two posts. Fairly good when it comes to synchronized posting ... ;D )

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Re: Slovenia: €2 "Botanical Gardens" 2010
« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2009, 03:15:10 PM »
If searched for 'Hladnikia pastinacifolia' on google,It is found that Slovenia is having some stamp issues too,with the same theme.So,I guess there must be some significance of this particular species. ::)
Good to see that they have inscribed the scientific name of the species(Indonesia frequently does that).
Population of Slovenia is about 2 million (double of mintage) and that of Eurozone is 325,714,137 (source : Our favorite wikipedia ;D )..Definitely,not a sufficient number :-[
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Re: Slovenia: €2 "Botanical Gardens" 2010
« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2009, 06:26:52 PM »
Good to see that they have inscribed the scientific name of the species(Indonesia frequently does that).

Yes, that is nice - and Slovenia has done pretty much the same thing with its tolar coins: They used to have animals on the (10 stotinov to 50 tolarjev) pieces, all with the scientific Latin names. In this particular case, well, if the name refers to the founder of the gardens, that is an extra reason to include it ...

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Population of Slovenia is about 2 million (double of mintage) and that of Eurozone is 325,714,137 (source : Our favorite wikipedia ;D )..Definitely,not a sufficient number :-[

At least I now know why some people constantly use the term "euro zone" instead of the actual term "euro area". That could be their source ... ::)

How many of those should be made? Slovenia plans to issue a total volume of €27m only this year, see http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ecb/legal/pdf/l_17220090702en00350035.pdf  After all, it is not Slovenia's task to satisfy the cash demand of the entire euro area. ;) Currently there are 4.125 billion €2 coins out there ...

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Re: Slovenia: €2 "Botanical Gardens" 2010
« Reply #5 on: July 16, 2009, 06:39:43 PM »
One good news for me is that now I have got a contact in Slovenia :) He will definitely reserve one or two for me.(of-course if he is told  to do so ;D )
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Re: Slovenia: €2 "Botanical Gardens" 2010
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2009, 01:19:40 PM »
Hey, great! Let us hope they continue issuing €2 commems every year. The ones issued and planned so far are interesting or even appealing ...

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Re: Slovenia: €2 "Botanical Gardens" 2010
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2009, 06:57:13 PM »
Hey, great! Let us hope they continue issuing €2 commems every year. The ones issued and planned so far are interesting or even appealing ...

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Most probably so..It is also possible that they will issue a 3 Euro piece every year. ::)

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