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26 Sterling Silver FLOWER PLATES, Franklin Mint series, each a letter of alphabet
Here is a complete Franklin Mint's 1979 set of sterling silver "Floral Alphabet Miniature Plates". There are 26 of them, each a different letter of the alphabet with a sculpted picture of a flower starting with that letter- "A" is an Aster; "Z" is a Zinnia. Usually Franklin Mint sterling commemorative series are struck as round flat medals, like coins. These are shaped just like a dinner plate, with a wonderful picture of the flower in the plate center. Each flower plate is 1-1/2 inches across and weighs 10.5 grams. The are struck "prooflike" with the flower and plate design frosted, and the plate surface a brilliant mirror.The pieces are treated with an invisible coating to stop tarnish so they can be handled.
These flower plates were sent to a subscriber one per month, so it took over 2 years to complete a set. Even with silver MUCH cheaper in 1979 than now, they cost $14.50 each. Each came sealed in a cardboard holder that has "wings" that could be bent back to make the holder stand upright for display.
This is a WONDERFUL gift for someone interested in flowers. It is also a unique item to be worked into a piece of jewelry- picture a pendant with a beautiful Aster flower that has a letter "A" underneath it- especially if your last name is Adams, or Allen, or Appleby... hmmm!
CONDITION: Only one of the holders has been partially opened in order to see the back of the medal. The rest of the set looks just as it was received over 25 years ago. No tarnish. Some of the original paperwork is included with the set.
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