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Stemless carline thistle
Карликовый чертополох
Presented by
Federal Mint Swissmint
Nominal value
10 swiss francs
Aluminium-bronze and copper-nickel
34 500
Production quality
Standard coinage, uncirculated 29,000; proof coins in presentation case 5,500 coins; edge: milled at intervals
Jenny Leibundgut
Federal Mint Swissmint
Description of obverse and reverse
Obverse: the picture shows an open flower of the stemless arline thistle. Inserted in the outer yellow ring of the bimetal coin is the legend «FLORA ALPINA». 

Reverse: parallel to the edge the legend «CONFOEDERATIO HELVETICA 2018» step-like displaced in two lines; above of the centre the Swiss cross and at the bottom in three lines «10 / B / FR»
A brief annotation
The stemless carline thistle (carlina acaulis) is a type of thistle belonging to the Asteraceae family. The hardy, herbaceous plant has virtually no stem. Depending on location, it can grow to 40 cm in height. The spiny, pinnatilobate leaves grown in a basal rosette. The underside of the leaves is bald to cobweb-like. The stemless carline thistle is common in Europe but is treated and protected as an endangered species in many countries. It prefers chalky soils and sparse pastures or lightly wooded areas at altitudes between 800 and 2,600m. Its flowering time is between July and October.
New issue
№ 2(63) 2023
№ 2(63) 2023
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