‘Dippy’ the Dino appears on final 50-pence collectible

The Royal Mint has launched the third and final collectible 50-pence coin in its popular Dinosaur series, featuring the Diplodocus.

The Diplodocus coin has been inspired by the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, affectionately known as ‘Dippy’, the first Diplodocus to go on display anywhere in the world when it was gifted to the Museum in 1905. Arguably the nation’s favourite dinosaur, Dippy visited more than two million people during a two-year tour of the United Kingdom in 2018, capturing hearts and imaginations.

The three-coin collection sees the iconic Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus and Diplodocus appear on their own coin. Each dinosaur has been designed by renowned British paleo-artist Robert Nicholls, with expert guidance from Professor Paul Barrett at the Natural History Museum.  Based on current understanding and the expertise of leading palaeontologists at the Natural History Museum, each design is a scientifically accurate reconstruction of the dinosaur and the environment in which it lived. A selection of the coins available will feature colour, bringing the dinosaur to life on an official UK coin, depicting the dinosaur and its environment as it would have looked like.

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