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The Natural History Museum has partnered with The Royal Mint to create The Dinosauria Collection, a series of coins that celebrate Britain’s contribution to the discovery of dinosaurs. The first time a dinosaur has featured on an official UK coin, the collection features Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus.
Along with specimens of Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus, the fossilised remains of Megalosaurus led anatomist Richard Owen to conclude that all three belonged to a distinct group of reptiles, coining the term ‘Dinosauria’ in 1842 to describe this new taxonomic group. His discovery fuelled public imagination and ‘dinomania’ shows no signs of abating today.
Featuring a design by palaeo-artist Robert Nicholls who specialises in producing anatomically accurate reconstructions of natural history specimens, this 50p coin was designed with the expert guidance of the Earth Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum. Available as a gold and silver Proof, colour-printed silver Proof, colour-printed Brilliant Uncirculated exclusive to The Royal Mint and standard Brilliant Uncirculated edition, it’s a fitting tribute to a landmark British discovery.
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
·ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·50 PENCE·2020
Depicts a Iguanodon, between Mesozoic plants. Below a fossilised dinosaur thumb spike. The designer's initials RN (for Robert Nicholls) are above the exergue line, to the right of the thumb spike.
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