Mayling Orchid 5 Jiao Taiwan Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making (Republic of China)
Mayling Orchid 5 Jiao Taiwan Authentic Coin Money for Jewelry and Craft Making
Obverse: Mayling orchid (Cymbidium MayLing Chim), date below
Translation: Republic of China Year 59
Translation: 5 Jiao
Period Republic (1949-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 56-70 (1967-1981)
Calendar Chinese republican
Value 5 Jiao = 50 Fen (0.5 TWD)
Currency New dollar (1949-date)
Weight 3.6 g
Diameter 22.6 mm
Thickness 1.2 mm
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 6106
References Y# 546, Schön# 17
"The most famous Taiwan orchid was developed by the Shihlin Horicultural Station in suburban Taipei after a cross of Lc. Easter Belle and Lc. Momus Calgoss of 1946. In 1962, this new variety, named the Mayling Orchid for Madame Chiang Kai-shek whose given name is Mayling, won top prize in an international show in San Francisco. It won another award in California the following year and prizes at Nantes, France, in 1965 and at Paris in 1959. The Shihlin Horticultural Station has become famous for this one bloom."
Cymbidium /sɪmˈbɪdiəm/, commonly known as boat orchids, is a genus of evergreen flowering plants in the orchid family Orchidaceae. Orchids in this genus are epiphytic, lithophytic, terrestrial or rarely leafless saprophytic herbs usually with pseudobulbs. There are usually between three and twelve leaves arranged in two ranks on each pseudobulb or shoot and lasting for several years. From one to a large number of flowers are arranged on an unbranched flowering stem arising from the base of the pseudobulb. The sepals and petals are all free from and similar to each other. The labellum is significantly different from the other petals and the sepals and has three lobes. There are about fifty-five species and sixteen further natural hybrids occurring in the wild from tropical and subtropical Asia to Australia. Cymbidiums are well known in horticulture and many cultivars have been developed.
Cymbidium (abbreviated Cym. in the horticultural trade) orchids are among the oldest horticultural orchids in the world and were mentioned in a manuscript from the Jin dynasty from about 200 BCE and by Confucius. Today they are among the most popular orchid genera in cultivation. They have decorative flowers spikes and are one of the least demanding indoor orchids. To flower well they need a distinct difference between day and night temperatures in late summer. Plants need to remain outside in autumn until night temperatures drop to near 0 °C (32 °F).
Beautiful coins! They made a great gift for my dad who grows and crossbreeds orchids :) He is impossible to buy for - but now he has a mini orchid coin collection!
Such an unusual and pretty coin! Looks great with 4mm beads of just about any color.