Palau – Mountains & Flora – Dachstein – $5 – 2009 – Proof Silver Crown – COA – The sight of a blue gentian, edelweiss or any other typical alpine flower makes many a mountain climber or hiker’s heart leap for joy. Thanks to the high ultraviolet-rays, alpine flowers have an intensive luminous color which is very appealing to our senses. They are survivalists who have adjusted perfectly to their extreme environment, although in many areas the snow melts earlier than in the past due to increased global warming. For this reason, alpine flowers bloom earlier than they used to. Hoher Dachstein is a strongly karstic Austrian mountain, and the second highest mountain in the Northern Limestone Alps. It is situated at the border of Upper Austria and Styria in central Austria, and is the highest point in each of those states. Parts of the mountain also lie in the state of Salzburg, leading to the mountain being referred to as the “three state mountain.” Seen from the north, the Dachstein mountain is dominated by the glaciers with the rocky summits rising beyond them. By contrast, to the south, the mountain drops almost vertically to the valley floor. This beautiful proof silver crown comes as shown with a Certificate of Authenticity.