Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon

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UK Fifty Pence coin was issued in 1969 with the classic Britannia reverse design by Christopher Ironside, which was superseded in 2008 by the Matthew Dent design for circulation coins.The denomination is also extensively used to issue circulating commemorative coins.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 coin is the third issue in The Mary Anning Collection, part of Tales of the Earth series of coins, and features a Dimorphodon.

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon - 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 · 2021 ·. 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 · 2021 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows an artist's impression of a dinosaur of the Dimorphodon species in flight, amid Jurassic plants. Below, separating the design from the exergue, fossilised wing bones.

Dimorphodon was a genus of medium-sized pterosaur from the early Jurassic Period. It was named by paleontologist Richard Owen in 1859. Dimorphodon means "two-form tooth", derived from the Greek δι (di) meaning "two", μορφη (morphe) meaning "shape" and οδων (odon) meaning "tooth", referring to the fact that it had two distinct types of teeth in its jaws - which is comparatively rare among reptiles. The first fossil remains now attributed to Dimorphodon were found in England by fossil collector Mary Anning, at Lyme Regis in Dorset, UK in December 1828.

Around above, the inscription DIMORPHODON. Around below in the exergue, MARRY ANNING 1823. The designer's initials RN (for Robert Nicholls) are above the exergue line, to the right.

Value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription DIMORPHODON MARRY ANNING 1828
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

The coins were announced for pre-sale in March 2021, for delivery in April.

From the Royal Mint description:
"Mary Anning was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset, in 1799 and spent her entire life in this small seaside town on England’s south coast. During her childhood, the Napoleonic wars curtailed travel to Europe and tourists flocked to the seaside instead. Here, fossil hunting became a popular pastime for fashionable Georgians looking to add to their cabinets of curiosities, and a new cottage industry sprang up.

Anning’s father Richard had a large family to support and, in order to supplement his modest income as a carpenter, he set up a curiosity table outside their home selling fossils to tourists. These objects were a source of great fascination, but no one knew what they were. Petrified in the rocks on the shore were strange shapes that resembled backbones of giant creatures, along with enormous pointed teeth, which led to speculation that they belonged to crocodiles or alligators. At the time, absolute faith in the word of the Bible was commonplace and people believed these were the remains of creatures that had died during the Great Flood. Anning took a keen interest in helping her father and amongst the curiosities they discovered were ‘snake stones’ (ammonites), ‘devil fingers’ (belemnites) and ‘verteberries’ (vertebrae).

Anning was still aged only around 12 or 13 when she found the first articulated skeleton of an ichthyosaur, a type of marine reptile that once roamed Jurassic seas. In 1823, she found another sea lizard, unearthing the first complete plesiosaur skeleton, which initially baffled scientists because of its abnormally long neck. In 1828, she discovered the first pterosaur skeleton in England. Combing the beaches in all weathers, this series of astonishing discoveries make Anning the greatest fossil hunter of the Victorian era.

As a working-class woman, Anning lacked a formal education, but acquired the skills needed to collect and prepare fossils. She had taught herself anatomy and became quite an expert in the subject of marine palaeontology. However, because of her gender and class, Anning did not write or publish any academic papers. Instead, she contributed drawings and imparted her knowledge to many notable geologists, but her role in unearthing so many historically important specimens, while advancing scientific understanding, was rarely acknowledged."

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 2021 Dimorphodon: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, issued in presentation folder.

Royal Mint Product Code: UK21DMBU. Issue price: £10.00. Unlimited edition.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated Colour
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Brilliant Uncirculated Colour - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Brilliant Uncirculated Colour - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 50,000
Details

Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, with reverse colour ("digital colour printed") of the dinosaur and the bones, issued in presentation folder.

Royal Mint Product Code: UK21DBUC. Issue price: £20.00. Edition Limit and Maximum Coin Mintage: 50,000.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 3,010
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Silver Proof FDC, 27.30 mm, 8.00 g of Sterling Silver, issued boxed.

Royal Mint Product Code: UK21DMSP. Issue price: £62.50. Edition Limit: 3,000. Maximum Coin Mintage: 3,010.

Variety Silver Proof FDC Colour
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Silver Proof FDC Colour - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Silver Proof FDC Colour - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 7,410
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Silver Proof FDC, 27.30 mm, 8.00 g of Sterling Silver, with coloured reverse ("digital colour printed") of the dinosaur and the bones, issued boxed with the coin in a colour-printed acrylic display block.

Royal Mint Product Code: UK21DSPC. Issue price: £67.50. Edition Limit: 7,000. Maximum Coin Mintage: 7,410.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 260
Material0.917 Gold
Details

Gold Proof FDC, 27.30 mm, 15.50 g 22-carat red gold, issued in mahogany presentation box.

Royal Mint Product Code: UK21DMGP. Issue price: £1,100.00. Edition Limit: 250. Maximum Coin Mintage: 260.

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Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Non-Circulating Legal Tender)
Issued2021
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 IDYRVP-OVRC-DRQR-ODQG
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