Know Your Dinosaurs

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  Now unless you are a palaeontologist (or a dino-fixated schoolchild), the chances are you are only going to be more familiar with more commonly known giant lizards.  Whilst most of us will know the difference between a Tyrannosaurus Rex, Diplodocus or a Stegosaurus, beyond this things are going to get a little sketchy.  Oh, along with the Velocoraptor of course, thanks to that Steven Spielberg movie.

  So once The Royal Mint begin with their great dinosaur crusade next year, many of us will no doubt be spending hours of our time googling different types of giant lizard…. simply so we know just what the hell we are looking for in our change!


  At the moment, we are told that three 2020 coins are a definite – Hylaeosaurus, Iguanodon and Megalosaurus.  I am purposely including pictures of these blighters with my post!  Here they come -

 [ Hylaeosaurus - image reblogged from twitter ]

[ Hylaeosaurus - image reblogged from twitter ]

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  Just how many Dinosaur fifty pences The Royal Mint decide to release remains to be seen, but they could really go to town with this one…..

  I mean, just bear in mind how so many of our modern coins have been purposely designed to appeal to children…..

  And remind yourself how many Beatrix Potter coins they managed to create…..

  Then read this snippet of info from ‘The Dinosaur Museum’ –

 ‘At present over 700 different species of dinosaurs have been identified and named. However palaeontologists believe that there are many more new and different dinosaur species still to be discovered.’

  Cor!  Stone the crows!  This could be a jolly expensive business indeed, especially is these are all ‘purchase only’ releases.

  But the whole idea of Dinosaur fifty pences is so amazingly cool…..

  Yup.  They really do have us all by the short and curlies, don’t they?





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  • They better release the Dino’s… I’ve promised my nephew one! Lol he loves dinosaurs. Love the new site btw.

  • Mik have you seen the Cook Islands 1914 $1 coins which come with a blue light torch to show the lizard’s skeleton.
    Looks very impressive (bought for my grandson) and I bet the Mint doesn’t do as well


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