More about the Megalosaurus 50p Gold Coin
- The first time a dinosaur has featured on an official UK coin
- A Limited Edition Presentation of just 350 coins
- A landmark moment in British science commemorated on a coin for the very first time
- Developed in conjunction with the Natural History Museum
- The coin design and packaging illustrations are based on scientifically accurate reconstructions
- Finished to the finest Proof standard
Megalosaurus 50p Gold 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 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.
Megalosaurus 50p Gold Coin Specification
|MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE||360|
|ALLOY||22 Carat Gold|
|REVERSE DESIGNER||Robert Nicholls|
|OBVERSE DESIGNER||Jody Clark|