The United Kingdom’s Royal Mint, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum, has launched the second 50 pence in its series of collectible coins featuring the iconic Stegosaurus. The latest design is part of a three-coin collection featuring the Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus and Diplodocus. Each dinosaur has been meticulously designed by renowned British paleo-artist, Robert Nicholls, with expert guidance from Professor Paul Barrett at the Natural History Museum.
Each coin portrays a scientifically accurate reconstruction of the dinosaurs and the environment in which they lived. A selection of the coins available will feature colour, bringing the prehistoric giants back to life on an official UK coin. The Stegosaurus 50 pence pays tribute to the Natural History Museum’s own Stegosaurus specimen, fondly referred to as ‘Sophie’.
‘Sophie’ is the world’s most complete Stegosaurus skeleton ever discovered and has helped paleontologists find answers to many unanswered questions about this species for more than a century. Stegosaurus is famous for its two rows of kite-shaped plates that stick out from its neck, back, and tail. They lived about 145 million years ago during the Jurassic period. For more details, visit royalmint.com.