The Natural History Museum has launched the third installment of its ‘Tales of the Earth’ collectible coin series, in collaboration with The Royal Mint.
The last coin in the ‘Iconic Specimens’ collection features Tyrannosaurus, paying homage to its 1900 discovery, and will be the first time a dinosaur of its type is featured on a UK fifty pence.
Designed by paleo-artist Robert Nicholls, the series will also showcase Stegosaurus and Diplodocus. The Stegosaurus coin honours ‘Sophie,’ the world’s most complete Stegosaurus skeleton, while the Diplodocus coin draws inspiration from ‘Dippy,’ the iconic Diplodocus cast displayed at the Museum since 1905.
Maxine Lister, Head of Licensing at the museum said “Dinosaurs have long since sparked feelings of curiosity and awe, and it is brilliant to see three of the most iconic specimens – including a nod to the nation’s favourite dinosaur, Dippy – immortalised on a 50p coin.”
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said it hopes the coins “will delight and inspire both current and budding palaeontologists for years to come.”