Canadian authorities launch a very new coin every coin collector (numismatics) would love to have , “A GLOW IN DARK COIN”.
Canadian government have been very fond of playing with money, they were the to introduce plastic bills and then truncated the “penny” coin. Now they want people to play with glow-in-the-dark quarters.
The Dino Coin is a collectible coin from the The Royal Canadian Mint. It’s actually two images on one face, which could be a world first. The other side depicts Queen Elizabeth. Her Majesty does not glow in the dark.
Made of cupronickel, the coin has a face value of 25 Canadian cents, but is much larger than a regular Canuck quarter.
It shows an artist’s rendering of Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai, a 4-tonne, 26-foot dinosaur discovered in Alberta in 1972. It’s the first in a four-coin series of photo-luminescent prehistoric creatures.
The mint says that the skeleton can best be seen after the coin is exposed to sunlight, or to fluorescent or incandescent light for 30-60 seconds, adding that the luminescence won’t fade with time. Most probable use of good quality radium.
The glowing novelty is a first for the mint, but sadly it won’t be for general circulation.
The dino’s mintage is limited to 25,000, and collectors who want to count their dinosaurs at night will have to pony up to the tune of $29.95. Canadian, of course. It launches 16 April.
The shiny Pachyrhinosaurus may not have as much nerd cred as New Zealand’s Star Wars coinage, but at least it can keep you company in the dark.