Millions of years ago, a vast inland sea covered the centre of the North American continent, teeming with strange and fearsome beasts. The king of these wonders was the mosasaur Tylosaurus-a super predator related to present-day snakes and Komodo dragons that was one of the most massive creatures ever to inhabit Earth's oceans.
This unique coloured coin includes an unusual photo-luminescent feature. Designed by Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi, with the technical guidance of paleontologists at Alberta's Royal Tyrell Museum, the reverse side of this painted coin illustrates paleontologists' rendition of what Tylosaurus pembinensis may have looked like.
When the coin is removed from natural light, we see the skeleton upon which paleontologists have based their illustration. Centered within a raised circular frame, the daunting beast slithers across the field of the coin, head and massive jaw in the foreground, front flippers and left hind flipper extended, and massive propellant tail arched in the background.
The huge mouth is open to reveal dozens of sharp, powerful teeth. In the glow-in-the-dark image, the monster is transformed into an intricate skeleton with its seemingly endless sinuous spine, complex rib structure, finger-like flipper bones, and bony tail revealed in stunning detail.
Special Features: - This distinctive cupronickel coin is the third in this series of coloured Prehistoric Creatures coins featuring photo-luminescent elements. - Photo-luminescence is a glow-in-the-dark technology. - Although sunlight is best, the fluorescent and incandescent lights found in most households can also be used to activate the special photo-luminescent ink that makes the bones of the dinosaur glow. For best results, place the coin in these light sources for 30-60 seconds then bring it into the dark to reveal the skeleton of the dinosaur. - The photo-luminescent (glow-in-the-dark) technology can be activated through the capsule and does not wear out. - Designs approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, Alberta. - Packaged with a colourful photo-luminescent dinosaur-themed sleeve.
Packaging: Coin is encapsulated and presented in a Royal Canadian Mint branded maroon clamshell case lined with black flock and protected by a customized coloured sleeve with photo-luminescent elements.
Finish specimen with colour
Weight (g) 0.5
Face value 25 cents
Artist Julius T. Csotonyi (reverse), Susanna Blunt (obverse)