Updated: Dec 5, 2021
One of the most exciting coins to look forward to in 2020 is the series of dinosaur 50p coins. Three designs have been announced so far and these will be the Hylaeosaurus, Iguanodon and Megalosaurus.
Hylaeosaurus was an armoured dinosaur with at least three long spines along its shoulders. However, much of the anatomy of this dinosaur is still unknown due to the fact that very limited remains have been found.
The Iguanodon was a plant eater (herbivore) which could easily shift between moving on two limbs to four. It weighed around 3.5 tons and reached around 10 metres (33 feet) in length. Iguanodon was the second dinosaur to receive a formal name in 1825, the first being Megalosaurus which was named in 1824.
Megalosaurus was a theropod dinosaur. The name comes from greek, megas meaning 'great' and sauros meaning 'lizard' It really lived up to its name as a 'Great Lizard'. It walked on two legs, and had the typical long tail, short arms, and large head of a meat-eating (carnivore) dinosaur. Megalosaurus was between 7 and 9 metres (23 and 30 feet.) in length and weighed around 1 tonne.
This will be the first time we will have seen dinosaurs on a 50p coin. The designs have not yet been released, but if you want to keep up to date with all things Jurassic, just fill in your details below and we will keep you updated as we find out more.