On today’s date in 1906, the prairie crocus was named the floral emblem of Manitoba.
In 2010, the Royal Canadian Mint featured a cluster of prairie crocuses on 99.99 per cent Proof gold coin – the 13th of the ongoing Provincial Flowers issue, which began in 1998. With a very limited mintage of only 1,400 and a face value of $350, the coin weighs 35 grams, with a diameter of 34 mm. Designed by Celia Godkin, the coin’s design features the all-Canadian flower ready to soak up the springtime Sun.
The flower was also featured in a Shell Canada commemorative medal set from the mid-1960s celebrating Canada’s provincial flowers and coats of arms. The Manitoba token depicts a prairie crocus on the obverse field, with the identification spelled in French below, and an image of a buffalo on the reverse.
Additionally, in 1970, for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the accession of Manitoba, the prairie crocus was featured on a Canada dollar. Designed by Raymond Taylor, the coin weighs 15.62 grams, with a diameter of 32.13 mm and thickness of 2.62 mm. The coin also features the designer’s initials “RT” in the middle of the design below the stem of the centre flower. The word “MANITOBA” and the date “1870-1970” also appear along the top of the coin, with the word “CANADA” and denomination “DOLLAR” on the bottom.
Also known as Pulsatilla patens, the prairie crocus blooms in early spring.