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Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
« Reply #90 on: February 13, 2020, 10:36:56 AM »
The dinosaur 50p coins will not be released into general circulation. The other 2 coins in the series will be released in March and April.

Iguanodon from March 16 and the Hylaeosaurus from April 6.

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Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
« Reply #91 on: February 13, 2020, 11:59:23 AM »




50p coins to commemorate UK’s contribution to dinosaur discoveries - ITV News

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A range of commemorative 50p coins will be emblazoned with dinosaurs to mark Britain’s contribution to discovering the prehistoric creatures.

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.
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Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
« Reply #92 on: February 13, 2020, 03:52:53 PM »
Short text to accompany the Megalosaurus:

Megalosaurus was first found in England and was the first dinosaur to be officially named. It started the science of palaeontology.

In 1824, the Reverend William Buckland wrote a paper titled‭ '‬Notice on the Megalosaurus or great Fossil Lizard of Stonesfield‭'‬ based on the various fossils that had been found as quarrying tunnels were excavated at Stonesfield, north of Witney in Oxfordshire. The fossils were found some years before, the dentary having been placed in the collection of the Oxford Anatomy School at Christchurch College (Oxford) in 1797. The fossilised lower jawbone as seen by Buckland is shown in the design.

Megalosaurus, meaning ‘giant (or great) lizard,’ was a bipedal, carnivorous theropod (‘beast-footed’) dinosaur with short arms, short neck and massive tail, from the mid Jurassic period, about 165 million years ago. Using the Greek root ‘mega’ turned out to be a bit of a misnomer as it was only one-quarter the size of T. Rex.

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Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
« Reply #93 on: February 17, 2020, 11:40:17 AM »
The Megalosaurus 50p is currently the SYO at the Royal Mint Experience. Yesterday the minting press was misbehaving and the dies have clashed badly. However quality control is none existent so no action was taken and therefore all of the SYO's currently have the error.

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Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
« Reply #94 on: February 17, 2020, 02:29:23 PM »
The Megalosaurus 50p is currently the SYO at the Royal Mint Experience. Yesterday the minting press was misbehaving and the dies have clashed badly. However quality control is none existent so no action was taken and therefore all of the SYO's currently have the error.

One Ebay seller (Huwgg) stated "struck today (16 Feb) with 4 strikes of the die at higher than normal pressure". Error not obvious from photo.

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Re: UK Commemorative coins for 2020
« Reply #95 on: February 17, 2020, 09:20:56 PM »
One Ebay seller (Huwgg) stated "struck today (16 Feb) with 4 strikes of the die at higher than normal pressure". Error not obvious from photo.

The Royal Mint has now changed the minting dies so I guess it was a die clash rather than 4 strikes being the problem. The average on the Strike Your Own machine is 3 strikes but given the delicate design and relief I think 4 may well be normal for this coin.