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Royal Mint Releases Final 50p Coin In Its Dinosauria Collection

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Royal Mint Releases Final 50p Coin In Its Dinosauria Collection

The Royal Mint has launched the final 50p coin in its Dinosauria collection - celebrating Britain's contribution to the discovery of dinosaurs.

The final coin in the series will be dedicated to the Hylaeosaurus - a herbivore that lived 136 million years ago, which was one of the first dinosaurs to be discovered in 1832 by Richard Owen.

Owen coined the term Dinosauria to describe the giant extinct animals evidenced by the large fossilised bones unearthed across southern England in the period.

The Dinosauria collection was created in conjunction with the Natural History Museum but it also marks a new milestone for The Royal Mint, as it is the first coin series to feature augmented reality technology.

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Credit: Royal Mint
Credit: Royal Mint

The coins have been made with the latest colour printing techniques showcasing the Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus in vivid colour, providing a scientifically accurate reconstruction of the dinosaur.

Designed in conjunction with experts at the Natural History Museum, the augmented reality brings the beasts to life from the comfort of home.

Upon receiving their coin, collectors simply need to download The Royal Mint's 'Activate App' and scan the packaging to unearth exclusive content including fascinating facts, animated clips and imagery.

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It's also worth noting that these coins are only for collection, so if you want one, you'll have to fork out over £10. If you want one of the coloured ones, they're £20.

Credit: The Royal Mint
Credit: The Royal Mint

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: "As one of the nation's most loved tourist attractions remain closed, we are pleased to partner with the Natural History Museum to bring dinosaurs to life from the comfort of your home.

"It is the first time that The Royal Mint has combined augmented reality with a coin series as we continue to innovate and enrich the experience of coin collecting.

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"Simply by scanning the packaging our customers will be able to access exclusive content which celebrates Britain's role in the discovery of dinosaurs, brings the animals to life through animation and explores the intricate details of each coin."

Maxine Lister, Head of Licensing at the Natural History Museum said: "The Museum is thrilled to see the release of the third and final coin in the Dinosauria Collection, an exciting series celebrating Britain's contribution to the discovery of dinosaurs.

Credit: Royal Mint
Credit: Royal Mint

"The collection features each creature that led anatomist and founder of the Natural History Museum, Sir Richard Owen to his ground-breaking conclusion, including Megalosaurus, Iguanodon and finally Hylaeosaurus."

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Renowned British paleo-artist and designer of the Dinosauria collection, Robert Nicholls, with the expert guidance of Prof. Paul M. Barrett from the Earth Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum, has brought all three dinosaurs back to life.

To view the full Dinosauria Collection and discover more about the augmented reality technology click here.

Featured Image Credit: The Royal Mint

Topics: UK News, Coins, UK

Rebecca Shepherd
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