Royal Mint Launches Special Dinosaur 50p Coins With Augmented Reality Technology

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Published 01.06.20

I think novelty drawings on coins started back in 2004 when mintage pioneers and all around reliable green-grocers, Sainsbury’s released their immaculate Euro 2004 coins.

Their collection of coins that you collected in a nifty little album was really quite special, although a pain in the arse to complete.

I remember needing Kieran Dyer and Darius Vassell for ages, and having to convince my parents to go to their local Sainos for milk just so I could complete the collection.

Much like stamps, the virtual cousins of coins, there’s a real market for special edition collectables, and with that in mind, The Royal Mint has released a new series of 50p coins.

The new collection of coins, titled The Dinosauria Collection, uses the latest colour printing techniques available to vividly show three dinosaur species – megalosaurus, iguanodon and hylaeosaurus – with prices ranging from £10 to £1,020 per coin depending on the material with which it was made.

The coins also utilise cutting-edge AR technology to bring the prehistoric creatures to life, and after receiving the coin, collectors can scan the packaging into the Royal Mint’s Activate app to unearth facts, clips and images.

They sound almost as good as those Euro 2004 coins.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coins at the Royal Mint, said: “As one of the nation’s most loved tourist attractions remains closed, we are pleased to partner with the Natural History Museum to bring dinosaurs to life from the comfort of your home.”

“It is the first time that The Royal Mint has combined augmented reality with a coin series as we continue to innovate and enrich the experience of coin collecting.”

“Simply by scanning the packaging our customers will be able to access exclusive content which celebrates Britain’s role in the discovery of dinosaurs, brings the animals to life through animation and explores the intricate details of each coin.”

Speaking on the expected popularity of this collection of coins, Rachel Hooper of Changechecker, said earlier this year: “We expect these coins to be very popular with collectors, especially considering this is the first time ever dinosaurs have featured on a UK coin.”

“Looking back at the popularity of previous 50p series such as the 2012 Olympic 50ps and the Beatrix Potter coins from 2016, 2017 and 2018, we would expect demand for these new coins to be high as collectors look to add all three to their collection.”

That’s a fair amount to say about a load of coins.

More than I can think of for sure.

The Dinosauria Collection is the work of experts at the Natural History Museum in conjunction with the Royal Mint. Its name is a nod to British anatomist Sir Richard Owen, the founder of the Natural History Museum, who coined the term ‘dinosauria’ in 1842 after discovering the fossils of the three featured dinosaurs.

If you’re interested, The Royal Mint Activate app is available to download from the Apple app store and on Google Play.

Go on, have a play about with it. Coins, people, coins.

Images via Royal Mint