Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus

The British fifty pence (50p) coin - often pronounced fifty pee - is a unit of currency equalling one half of a Pound Sterling. It is a seven-sided coin formed as an equilateral-curve heptagon, or Reuleaux polygon - a curve of constant width, meaning that the diameter is constant across any bisection. This shape, which was revolutionary at the time of its introduction, makes it easily distinguishable from round coins both by feel and by sight, while its constant breadth allows it to roll in vending machines.

The first UK Fifty Pence coin was issued in 1969 with the classic Britannia reverse design by Christopher Ironside, which was superseded in 2008 by the Matthew Dent design for circulation coins.The denomination is also extensively used to issue circulating commemorative coins.

Beginning in 2009, the Royal Mint started issuing 50 pence coins for collectors - such as this one - which are not meant to be released in circulation, so are classified as Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT).

This is the first coin of the United Kingdom which features a dinosaur; it is the first issue in the Dinosauria series, part of Tales of the Earth collection. It celebrates the discovery in 1824 by William Buckland, an eccentric clergyman and palaeontologist, who 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".

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows an artist's impression of a dinosaur of the Megalosaurus species, between Mesozoic plants. Below, separating the design from the exergue, a fossilised dinosaur lower jaw bone.

Around above, the inscription MEGALOSAURUS. Around below in the exergue, BUCKLAND 1824. The designer's initials RN (for Robert Nicholls) are above the exergue line, to the right of the jaw bone.

Value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription MEGALOSAURUS BUCKLAND 1824
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coins were released on 13th February 2020.

From the Royal Mint description:
"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 is a fitting tribute to a landmark British discovery."

See also

Coins in the Tales of the Earth collection include:
- 50p Dinosauria - Megalosaurus, 2020
- 50p Dinosauria - Iguanodon, 2020
- 50p Dinosauria - Hylaeosaurus, 2020
- 50p Mary Anning Collection - Temnodontosaurus, 2021
- 50p Mary Anning Collection - Plesiosaurus, 2021
- 50p Mary Anning Collection - Dimorphodon, 2021

Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, issued in presentation folder.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MGBU. Issue price: £10.00. Unlimited edition.

In Set Dinosauria Collection 2020 50p BU - 3 Coin Series, mintage unknown
3 coins: 50p Megalosaurus, 50p Iguanodon, 50p Hylaeosaurus
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated Colour
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Brilliant Uncirculated Colour - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Brilliant Uncirculated Colour - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, with reverse colour ("digital colour printed") of the dinosaur and the jaw bone, issued in presentation folder.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MBUC. Issue price: £20.00. Edition limit: 50,000.

In Set Dinosauria Collection 2020 50p BU Colour - 3 Coin Series, mintage unknown, limited to 50,000
3 coins: 50p Megalosaurus, 50p Iguanodon, 50p Hylaeosaurus
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Silver Proof FDC, 27.30 mm, 8.00 g of Sterling Silver, issued boxed.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MGSP. Issue price: £60.00. Edition limit: 3,000.

In Set Dinosauria Collection 2020 50p Silver Proof - 3 Coin Series, mintage unknown, limited to 3,000
3 coins: 50p Megalosaurus, 50p Iguanodon, 50p Hylaeosaurus
Variety Silver Proof FDC Colour
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Silver Proof FDC Colour - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Silver Proof FDC Colour - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Silver Proof FDC, 27.30 mm, 8.00 g of Sterling Silver, with reverse colour ("digital colour printed") of the dinosaur and the jaw bone, issued boxed with the coin in a colour-printed acrylic display block.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MSPC. Issue price: £65.00. Edition limit: 7,000.

In Set Dinosauria Collection 50p Silver Proof Colour - 3 Coin Series, mintage unknown, limited to 7,000
3 coins: 50p Megalosaurus, 50p Iguanodon, 50p Hylaeosaurus
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.917 Gold
Details

Gold Proof FDC, 27.30 mm, 15.50 g 22-carat red gold, issued in wooden presentation box.
Royal Mint Product Code: UK20MGGP. Issue price: £945.00. Edition limit: 350.

In Set Dinosauria Collection 2020 50p Gold Proof - 3 Coin Series, mintage unknown, limited to 350
3 coins: 50p Megalosaurus, 50p Iguanodon, 50p Hylaeosaurus
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Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Non-Circulating Legal Tender)
Issued2020
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerRobert Nicholls
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.300 mm
Thickness1.780 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-BLYA-EMNY
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Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus: Photos
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Brilliant Uncirculated Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin
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Brilliant Uncirculated Colour Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin
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Notes: BU with reverse colour.
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Silver Proof Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Silver Proof Colour Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin
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Notes: Silver proof with reverse colour.
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Gold Proof Megalosaurus 2020 UK 50p coin
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Notes: Gold proof.
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