Canadian Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Coins

In 2012 The Royal Canadian Mint released a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin. In daylight, the coin looks just like a normal dinosaur – a Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai, to be specific, bones of which were discovered in Alberta in 1946 – but turn off the lights and a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur skeleton appears. The coin was designed so that the luminescence won’t fade over time.


The Pachywhatchahoozit coin is the first of a planned series of four, all approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology. The opposite face of the coin features an image of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

Only 25,000 were minted and while their face value is just 25 cents, collectors paid over $29.95 for this novelty collectible. The 2012 coin sold out immediately but is still available at coin shops, eBay, etc.

The 2013 coin was just released and can be ordered HERE. This coin features the Quetzalcoatlus, an ancient flying reptile belonging to the order Pterosauria (the most famous of which was the Pterodactyl). These coins are limited to a series of 30,000 and cost $30.


Published by Larry Fire

I write an eclectic pop culture blog called THE FIRE WIRE that features articles about books, comics, music, movies, television, gadgets, posters, toys & more!

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