Megalosaurus 2020 50p BU Coin - Colour Printed | Royal Mint


Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin

Limited Edition 50,000

  • Exclusive to The Royal Mint
  • The first time a dinosaur has featured on an official UK coin
  • The coin design and packaging illustrations are based on scientifically accurate reconstructions
  • The use of colour brings the Megalosaurus design to life
  • Housed in pop-up packaging for you to showcase your dinosaur coins
  • Developed in conjunction with the Natural History Museum
  • Augmented reality technology brings your dinosaur to life -access exclusive content and animated clips via our app
Price: £20.00
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  • Product code: UK20MBUC
  • Limited Edition 50000

Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin

In 1824 William Buckland, an eccentric clergyman and palaeontologist, produced the first scientific description of what became known as a dinosaur based on fragments of jaw and bone found in Oxfordshire. Buckland named the creature Megalosaurus, which means ‘great lizard’.

Early depictions showed an animal walking on four legs with a posture like a hippopotamus. Today we understand Megalosaurus was a theropod, a large bipedal predator that roamed Britain during the Middle Jurassic period 170 to 155 million years ago.

Along with specimens of Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus, the fossilised remains of Megalosaurus led anatomist Richard Owen to conclude that all three belonged to a distinct group of reptiles, coining the term ‘Dinosauria’ to describe this new taxonomic group. His discovery fuelled public imagination and ‘dinomania’ shows no signs of abating today.

Featuring a design by palaeo-artist Robert Nicholls who specialises in producing anatomically accurate reconstructions of natural history specimens, this 50p coin was designed with the expert guidance of the Earth Sciences Department of the Natural History Museum. Available as a gold and silver Proof, colour-printed silver Proof, colour-printed Brilliant Uncirculated exclusive to The Royal Mint and standard Brilliant Uncirculated edition, it’s a fitting tribute to a landmark British discovery.

Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin

Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 50000
Alloy Cupro-nickel
Weight 8.00 g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Robert Nicholls
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Year 2020

From over 1,100 years of history in your hands to unlock the hidden secrets of creatures discovered in England.

The Dinosauria Collection is an exciting new series celebrating this landmark British discovery. Featuring each creature that led Owen to his groundbreaking conclusion, in turn, this is the first time dinosaurs have featured on official UK coins and the series starts with Megalosaurus.

Unlock exclusive Megalosaurus content

Download the augmented reality app to discover more about Megalosaurus and listen to commentary from coin designer and palaeo-artist Robert Nicholls.

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For our love of dinosaurs

Bring our Dinosauria Collection to life on your smartphone. Using augmented reality you can navigate an exploded view of the coin that's interactive, allowing you to learn more about the discovery of Megalosaurus, along with its diet and habitat.

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