It has been announced that The Royal Mint will produce a series of Dinosaur fifty pence coins in 2020. The coins will 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.
We do not know what the series will be called, but we think it may be "British Scientific Discoveries" or "Great British Scientists".
Information about the coins is scarce and we do not know a release date. If you would like to be notified for further information please sign up to our mailing list here.
The Privy Council 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 Royal Mint have not yet relesed information about the coins and when they do it will be subject to embargo.
The discovery of the Megalosaurus dates all the way back to the 17th century when a femur bone was discovered in England. It was thought to be part of a giant human and was initially referred to as a Scrotum humanum. You may notice we have drafted an image of what the coin could look like using the lower part of a Megalosaurus femur.
Paleontologist William Buckland did further research on the fossils and bones and revealed that they did not belong to a mythical giant, but were actually a dinosaur from the Jurassic Period. He named it 'Megalosaurus' meaning 'giant lizzard'.
The Megalosaurus lived appoximately 166 million years ago.
According to the privy council website, the coins will feature:-
a design depicting a Megalosaurus accompanied by the inscription
“MEGALOSAURUS” and “BUCKLAND 1824”
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