This is the 2020 SIlver Proof Coloured Hylaeosaurus Fifty Pence Coin. The first release in the Royal Mint's Tales of the Earth Series is The Dinosauria Collection which consists of coins featuring the Hylaeosaurus, Megalosaurus and the Iguanodon.
Only 7,000 of the coloured silver proof coins will be issued, making them highly sought after.
The coins are available in different finishes, including a brilliant uncirculated base metal coin, non-coloured silver proof version, as well as a gold proof coin.
Please note the release of these coins has been delayed due to COVID-19.
The coins in The Dinosauria Collection feature the Megalosaurus, Hylaeosaurus and Iguanodon; the three species of dinosaur that paleontologist Richard Owen famously referred to in 1842 when announcing the discovery of a new animal, the dinosaur.
The Hylaeosaurus was one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered and is thought to have lived over 135 millions years ago. Hylaeosaurus means 'woodland lizard' and the animal had spikes across the top of it's body.
The dinosaur was discovered by English Paleontologist, Gideon Mantell in 1832.
We first heard about the coin through The Privy Council. This is made up of senior politicians who advise the Queen on such matters as bank holidays, coinage and lively company statuses. The Royal Mint have to submit any new coin designs to The Privy Council for approval. The information is then announced on the Privy Council website.
The Jody Clark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse of the coin. This is the fifth coinage portrait.
According to the privy council website, the coins will feature:-
a design depicting a Hylaeosaurus accompanied by the inscription
“HYLAEOSAURUS” and “MANTELL 1833”
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces||0.2379|
|Fineness / Carat||0.925 Sterling Silver|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||Robert Nicholls|
|Mint / Brand||The Royal Mint|
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