Stunning New Dinosaur 50ps Launched by Royal Mint
A range of commemorative 50p coins will be emblazoned with dinosaurs to mark Britain's contribution to discovering the prehistoric creatures - and they go on sale today.
The coins will feature three different dinosaurs, the fossils of which led British anatomist Sir Richard Owen to coin the term "Dinosauria" in a paper in 1842, the Royal Mint and Natural History Museum said.
The renowned Victorian scientist applied the name, meaning "fearfully great lizards", after realising the fossils of Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus shared common characteristics.
But they're unlikely to end up in your small change - as the coins are launching on the Royal Mint website only.
The Megalosaurus coin can be bought online from Thursday, while the other two coins are launching in March and April.
Clare Matterson, executive director of engagement at the Natural History Museum said: "The story of the discovery of dinosaurs is fascinating and particularly relevant for the Natural History Museum since Sir Richard Owen, who coined the term dinosaur, was also our founder.
"The Dinosauria collection brings this story to life for modern day dinosaur enthusiasts everywhere."
The illustrations by paleoartist Robert Nicholls are scientifically accurate representations of the prehistoric beasts.
The Megalosaurus coin can be bought from Thursday, the Iguanodon from March 16 and the Hylaeosaurus from April 6.
The Royal Mint is releasing 50,000 coloured versions of the coin at £20 each, which will feature augmented reality technology for the first time ever.
Or if you don't mind spending even more you can get a silver proof coin for £60, a silver proof coloured version for £65 and a gold coin for a whopping £945.
Rachel Hooper of Changechecker said: "We expect these coins to be very popular with collectors, especially considering this is the first time ever dinosaurs have featured on a UK coin.
"Looking back at the popularity of previous 50p series such as the 2012 Olympic 50ps and the Beatrix Potter coins from 2016, 2017 and 2018, we would expect demand for these new coins to be high as collectors look to add all three to their collection."
If the coins rise in value similar to the Beatrix Potter designs, they could be worth several hundred of pounds down the line.