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Mary Anning 50p Coins

Mary Anning 50p Dinosaur coins

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British Palaeontologist Mary Anning is celebrated with a new collection of 50p coins, each featuring one of three prehistoric reptiles she discovered. The coins can be bought exclusively from The Royal Mint. The coins featuring the Temnodontosaurus, Plesiosaurus, and Dimorphodon are available to buy now.


Mary Anning 50p

Mary Anning 50p

Dinosaur 50p Coins

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The Royal Mint has released three new Dinosaur 50p coins in 2021 as part of the Tales of the Earth coin series. In the previous three Dinosauria Collection fifty pence coins are to be joined by The Mary Anning Collection.

Mary Anning 50p coin designs

The three new 50p coins in The Mary Anning Collection will include:

Temnodontosaurus 50p

Available now. The Temnodontosaurus was a Jurassic Killer although in the modern day is likened to the appearance of a dolphin.

Temnodontosaurus 50p

Temnodontosaurus 50p

Temnodontosaurus Coins

Depicting a Temnodontosaurus accompanied by the inscription “TEMNODONTOSAURUS” and “MARY ANNING 1811”. Developed in conjunction with the Natural History Museum London

Plesiosaurus 50p

Known as The Terror of the Seas, the Plesiosaurus was a mighty marine reptile that terrorised the seas.

Plesiosaurus 50p

Plesiosaurus 50p

Depicting a Plesiosaurus accompanied by the inscription “PLESIOSAURUS” and “MARY ANNING 1823

Released 22nd March 2021

Plesiosaurus Coins

Dimorphodon 50p

Dimorphodon 50p

Dimorphodon 50p

Depicting a Dimorphodon accompanied by the inscription “DIMORPHODON” and “MARY ANNING 1828”.

Depicting a Plesiosaurus accompanied by the inscription “PLESIOSAURUS” and “MARY ANNING 1823

Released 22nd March 2021

Dimorphodon Coins

How Many Mary Anning Coins are there?

The Mary Anning 50p Coins have five variants with Mintage Figures as follows (per coin):

Base Metal Mintage Issue Price
Brilliant Uncirculated Unlimited £10.00
Brilliant Uncirculated Coloured 50,000 £20.00
Silver Proof 3,000 £62.50
Silver Proof Coloured 7,000 £67.50
Gold Proof 250 £1,100.00

Obverse 50p Design

The obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “· ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·” and the date of the year 2021.


Dinosauria 50p coin set

Released in early 2020, the Dinosauria three-coin set included:

What 50p coins will be released?

These coins are minted in gold, silver, and cupro-nickel finishes. The Brilliant Uncirculated and Silver Proof editions are available in both plain and colour editions.

Will these coins enter general circulation?

Following the previous Dinosaur 50p set coin releases, these coins will not enter general UK coin circulation and will be released as commemorative coins for coin collectors.

Who is Mary Anning?

Mary Anning was a pioneering Palaeontologist and fossil collector. Her lifetime was a constellation of firsts.

Mary Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, in the southwest English county of Dorset. Lyme Regis is now part of what is now called the Jurassic Coast, and discoveries are still being made to this day.

While Mary was growing up, George III was king, the war between the British and Napoleon’s French army was raging on and Jane Austen had written Sense and Sensibility! Find out more about Mary.

Mary Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis, England. She became interested in fossils at age 11 when she saw a fossilized skeleton of a fish on display at the Royal Academy of Arts.

At age 13, she began collecting fossils herself. Her father disapproved of her hobby, so she went to London where she worked as a maid for a wealthy family. In 1823, she married William Buckland, a geologist.

They had three children, all girls. After William died in 1833, Mary continued to collect fossils. She also wrote articles about her discoveries for scientific journals. She died in 1847 at age 54.

Her first find was a complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur.

Mary Anning discovered several species of dinosaurs, including Pteranodon, Dimetrodon, and Megalosaurus. She also found the first known plesiosaur (a type of marine reptile) and the first pterodactyl (a flying reptile). She was the first woman to discover a dinosaur.

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