13 February 2020
The Royal Mint in conjunction with the Natural History Museum has launched a commemorative 50p 'Dinosauria' collection – the first time a dinosaur has featured on an official UK coin.
The three new coins feature the Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus, respectively, with the designs said to be 'scientifically accurate illustrations'.
The coins are available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof and Gold Proof versions.
A coloured Brilliant Uncirculated coin featuring augmented reality technology is available exclusively from The Royal Mint, whilst The Royal Mint Experience in South Wales is offering visitors the opportunity to strike their own Megalosaurus Brilliant Uncirculated 50p coin and a range of dinosaur themed activities are taking place at the visitor attraction across February half-term.
Clare Matterson CBE, Executive Director of Engagement at the Natural History Museum said:
‘We are delighted to see dinosaurs on commemorative coins and work alongside The Royal Mint. The story of the discovery of dinosaurs is fascinating and particularly relevant for the Natural History Museum since Sir Richard Owen, who coined the term dinosaur, was also our founder. The Dinosauria collection brings this story to life for modern day dinosaur enthusiasts everywhere.’