The Royal Mint has announced the launch of a highly-collectable new set of 50p coins to celebrate Britain’s contribution to the discovery of dinosaurs.
The new collection of coins, titled The Dinosauria Collection, uses the latest colour printing techniques available to vividly show three dinosaur species – megalosaurus, iguanodon and hylaeosaurus – and also utilises cutting-edge AR technology to bring the prehistoric creatures to life.
It’s the first time the technology has been deployed by the Royal Mint and it lets collectors scan the packaging into the Royal Mint’s ‘Activate’ app to unearth facts, clips and images about the dinosaur featured on the coin.
The Dinosauria Collection is the work of experts at the Natural History Museum in conjunction with the Royal Mint.
It’s name is a nod to British anatomist Sir Richard Owen, the founder of the Natural History Museum, who coined the term ‘dinosauria’ in 1842 after discovering the fossils of the three featured dinosaurs.
Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coins at the Royal Mint, said: “As one of the nation’s most loved tourist attractions remains 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.”
“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.”
Speaking on the expected popularity of this collection of coins, Rachel Hooper of Changechecker, said earlier this year: “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.”
You can find out more information and purchase coins from The Dinosauria Collection via the Royal Mint website here.