2017 $20 Ancient Canada: Ornithomimus - Pure Silver Coin in Floating Frame

SKU: 623932082533

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Country: Canada
Year: 2017

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For more than 160 million years, the dinosaurs ruled our planet, and then mysteriously disappeared. By studying three specimens found in the Badlands of Alberta, paleontologists concluded that Ornithomimus was covered in down-like feathers that, as the dinosaur matured, developed into long feathers on its arms to form primitive wings. This suggests wings appeared much earlier in the evolutionary timeline—and were first used for display rather than flight! HST/GST exempt.

During the Late Cretaceous period 100 to 66 million years ago, a 300 pound ostrich like dinosaur with a small toothless head roamed what is now the Alberta Badlands.  This fine silver coin features a depiction of the fossilized remains of Ornithomimus, based on an actual fossil now housed at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology in Drumheller, Alberta. 

The rimless coin’s unusual contour is the product of an old coin-making technique that allows the fine silver to “spill out” which produces an irregular shape reminiscent of an ancient Roman coin. In contrast, cutting-edge technology and finishing techniques add a smooth appearance to the engraved fossils of the feathered dinosaur Ornithomimus, which shines bright in comparison to the textured appearance of the “sandstone” encasing throughout the reverse. The entire design has an unmistakably ancient look and feel, thanks to a patina finish that gives the coin its aged look. 

The coin comes ready-to-display in a floating frame.  Measuring 80 mm x 80 mm x 34 mm, this framed presentation makes for one-of-a-kind display art and collectible at the same time.  The coin’s antique finish is sealed in lacquer and has the benefit of minimizing the appearance of fingerprints, should the coin be removed from its frame.


Produced By: RCM
Denomination: 20 Dollars
Year: 2017

Diameter: Approx. 38mm
Material: Silver
Fineness: 0.9999
Weight: 31.39 grams
Bullion Weight: 1.009 Troy Ounces

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
Reverse: "Ancient look" fossil speimen of Ornithomimus
Artist: Image based on fossil specimen curated at the Royal Tyrrell Museum
Finish: Antique
Series: Ancient Canada, Coin #1 of 4
Quantity Produced: 5500
Monarch: Queen Elizabeth II
Theme: Prehistoric

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