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Mint stuff up. You call that a poppy?

By Calochilus - 5 November 2011 17

$5 coin with poppy

I might be  an old curmudgeon but  I know a poppy when I see one. It’s a shame the Royal Australian Mint, in making the new $5 Remembrance Day coin doesn’t know the difference between a poppy and an anemone

For that matter, the people at the War Memorial appear never to have seen a real one either. What a balls up !!!

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Mint stuff up. You call that a poppy?
poetix 4:59 pm 06 Nov 11

CanberraJim said :

Canada got it right, on the first ever coloured coin. See: http://www.joelscoins.com/color.htm.

Neither is a patch on the Chinese Zodiac Animal Coin Set from Malawi also shown on this web-site.

CanberraJim 1:18 pm 06 Nov 11

Canada got it right, on the first ever coloured coin. See: http://www.joelscoins.com/color.htm.

CanberraJim 12:58 pm 06 Nov 11

Canada got in early, on the first ever coloured coin. See .

MERC600 12:54 pm 06 Nov 11

Lazy I said :

A coin _and_ a flower nerd… a dinner party I wouldn’t want to miss!

Tnks.. A good rib tickler reply.

EvanJames 12:03 am 06 Nov 11

I wondered why they were making money with anemones on, before reading the story. I have poppies of every variety (everywhere, as poppies are wont to do) and that thing is an anemone.

Lazy I 11:55 pm 05 Nov 11

A coin _and_ a flower nerd… a dinner party I wouldn’t want to miss!

gooterz 7:50 pm 05 Nov 11

So you bought one and now trying to make it worth a lot more by claiming its wrong so they can’t distribute them!! Thats gold!

Calochilus 6:24 pm 05 Nov 11

breda said :

Calochilus, it is a Flanders Poppy, a European variety which is the worldwide symbol for Remembrance Day:

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=flanders+poppy&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=661&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Q8i0Tv3OM6yZiAeXs5TuAQ&sqi=2&ved=0CEQQsAQ

I am guessing that you were thinking of the Iceland poppy, which is the one commonly grown in Australian gardens.

This was the whole point of my comment. The poppy figured in Remembrance day activities is the Flanders Poppy, Papaver rhoeas.
see John McCrae “In Flanders Fields”
http://thinkexist.com/quotation/in-flanders-fields-the-poppies-blow-between-the/347839.html
Papaver rhoeas has but 4 petals, arranged in two pairs opposite, decussate, crumpled.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papaver_rhoeas (4th photo)
the image of the new coin would suggest at least 16 petals, NOT a poppy at all. Papaver nudicaule, the Iceland Poppy also has 4 petals similarly arranged. The only poppies with more than 4 petals are selected garden mutants called Shirley Poppies. again , these look nothing like the coin.

Jonah Bologna should read his dictionary more carefully, the suffix “ales” refers to suprafamily hierarchies. Papaver belongs in the Order Papaverales, the genus Anemone (to which anemones and ranunculus belong) are in the Order Ranales (also known as Ranunculales), not so closely related at all. The significance is that Papaver has a seed capsule containing many seeds, Anemone has free carpels (each containing one seed) arranged on a central receptacle (looks just like the image of the coin).

breda 4:28 pm 05 Nov 11

Calochilus, it is a Flanders Poppy, a European variety which is the worldwide symbol for Remembrance Day:

http://www.google.com.au/search?q=flanders+poppy&hl=en&biw=1280&bih=661&prmd=imvns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=Q8i0Tv3OM6yZiAeXs5TuAQ&sqi=2&ved=0CEQQsAQ

I am guessing that you were thinking of the Iceland poppy, which is the one commonly grown in Australian gardens.

MERC600 12:51 pm 05 Nov 11

Looks orright to me. Just got a plastic one from the rememberence bloke at the markets and they look the same. However would not have a clue how a real poppy looks, but I’m good on daisies

I-filed 11:23 am 05 Nov 11

Totally a poppy. The plastic ones obviously don’t carry as much detail.

http://www.atpm.com/7.07/flowers-ii/images/poppy-420.jpg

JonahBologna 11:01 am 05 Nov 11

Both flowers are in the Ranunculales family, but poppies are definitely not Anemones.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anemone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranunculales

Grail 9:57 am 05 Nov 11
kevn 9:31 am 05 Nov 11

Clearly it is commemorating the plastic poppies that legacy sells. This looks exactly like those.

krats 9:06 am 05 Nov 11

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