Megalosaurus 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin


Megalosaurus 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin Limited Edition 50,000


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Megalosaurus 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin

  • Limited Edition 50,000 Coins
  • Exclusive to The Royal Mint
  • The first time a dinosaur has featured on an official UK coin
  • The coin design and packaging illustrations are based on scientifically accurate reconstructions
  • The use of colour brings the Megalosaurus design to life
  • Housed in pop-up packaging for you to showcase your dinosaur coins
  • Developed in conjunction with the Natural History Museum
  • Augmented reality technology brings your dinosaur to life -access exclusive content and animated clips via APP

Megalosaurus 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin Design

In 1824 William Buckland, an eccentric clergyman and paleontologist produced the first scientific description of what became known as a dinosaur based on fragments of jaw and bone found in Oxfordshire. Buckland named the creature Megalosaurus, which means ‘great lizard’.

Early depictions showed an animal walking on four legs with a posture like a hippopotamus. Today we understand Megalosaurus was a theropod, a large bipedal predator that roamed Britain during the Middle Jurassic period 170 to 155 million years ago.

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’ 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 Proofcolour-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.

Megalosaurus 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Coin Specification

ALLOY Cupro-Nickel
WEIGHT 8.00 g
DIAMETER 27.30mm
QUALITY Brilliant Uncirculated
YEAR 2020