Palau – Mountains & Flora – Mont Blanc – $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. Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps and in Western Europe. It rises 15,781 feet above sea level and is ranked 11th in the world in topographic prominence. It is also sometimes known as “La Dame Blanche.” The mountain lies between the regions of Aosta Valley, Italy, and Haute-Savoie, France. The location of the summit is on the French-Italian border but French and Swiss cartographers place it within France’s boundaries on maps. Lately, at the end of his studies of many different maps and with auxiliary of the Istituto Cartografico dell’Esercito, Antonio Napolitano, the Italian leader of a mixed commission, claimed exclusive Italian ownership of the summit. Worldwide mintage on this coin was limited to 2,500 pieces. This beautiful proof silver crown comes as shown with a Certificate of Authenticity.