The Royal Mint, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, has launched (25th February) a new commemorative coin collection celebrating fossil hunter and pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning (1799–1847).
This is the second coin collection that features prehistoric creatures and is entitled “Tales of the Earth.” This latest coin collection also shines a light on one of Britain’s greatest fossil hunters, Mary Anning.
Mary Anning was born in 1799 in the town of Lyme Regis, Dorset — which ironically is now referred to as the “Jurassic Coast,” and spent her entire life in this small seaside town on England’s south shore.
Designed in conjunction with experts at the Natural History Museum, the augmented reality brings the mighty beasts to life. To access the augmented reality feature, collectors will need to visit The Royal Mint website to unearth exclusive content. The first release in the Mary Anning Collection features Temnodontosaurus. Other coins in the collection were Anning’s discoveries of Plesiosaurus and Dimorphodon.
Each coin in the three-coin set includes the fifth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, created by engraver Jody Clark and introduced in 2015.
The denomination of 50 PENCE is included as part of the legend placed around the Queen’s likeness.
|50 pence||Cupro-nickel||8 g||27.3 mm||Brilliant Unc.||Unlimited|
|50 pence||Cupro-nickel||8 g||27.3 mm||Brilliant Unc. with applied Colour||50,000|
|50 pence||.925 Silver||8 g||27.3 mm||Proof||3,000|
|50 pence||.925 Silver||8 g||27.3 mm||Proof with applied colour||7,000|
|50 pence||.9167 Gold||15.5 g||27.3 mm||Proof||250|
The first coin in the series features the Temnodontosaurus. It is available in gold, colour, and non-colour silver Proof editions, as well as cupro-nickel Brilliant Uncirculated and a special colour printed Brilliant Uncirculated edition, which is exclusively available through the retail website of the Royal Mint. For more information, please click here.