The Royal Canadian Mint has released the second coin in their new series entitled “Discovering Dinosaurs.” The series, which pays tribute to the discovery that yielded another piece of Canada’s prehistoric past, features one of the most interesting fossils found on the continent.
Designed by Canadian paleo-artist Julius Csotonyi, the coin’s reverse features the image of a fossilised skull of Mercuriceratops gemini, a recently discovered horned dinosaur species. Engraved on the coin is its skull fossil, which is especially striking against the black rhodium-plated rock-textured background. Beneath the black rhodium plating, the engraved texture represents the rock formation in Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park, where a key fossil fragment was found. Above the primary design is the name of the species Mercuriceratops gemini, along with the year of issue 2022, which is placed below the design. The denomination of 20 DOLLARS is shown along the lower-right edge of the coin. The obverse also features rhodium plating behind the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.
|31.3 g||38 mm||Matte Proof||
Each coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint-branded custom case accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. For additional information, please click here.