The Canadian Mint is responsible for creating the quarters, loonies, and all the other coins and bills we use every day but they do more than that too. On top of regular circulation coins, the mint also creates a bunch of collectors coins too. The latest one is a brand new glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin that's made of pure silver.
The new coin celebrates the fact that Canada is one of the few places in the world where actual dinosaur eggs and embryos have been found. The discovery was made back in 1987 in Warner, Alberta at Devil's Coulee. The site is now a dinosaur heritage site and museum but back then it was home to a major find. They found eggshells that led them to discover fossilized nests, eggs, and even embryos of the Hypacrosaurus.
This duck-billed dinosaur is now being remembered on this new coin from the mint in the coolest and most adorable way. The new coins show the baby hypacrosaurus breaking free from its eggshell. They even had palaeontologists from Alberta's Royal Tyrell Museum review the design to make sure it was fully accurate.
Aside from the adorable and historically accurate image, the coin has some other cool features too. The biggest one being that it glows in the dark.
The glow-in-the-dark part of the design is also a secret, hidden image. Underneath the colourful picture of the dinosaur hatching, when you activate the glow-in-the-dark part of the coin it shows the dinosaur's skeleton.
The coin's other main feature is that it's actually egg-shaped as another way to celebrate the nesting ground discovery.
The coins aren't circulation but rather are collector's items. That collector's item comes at a price too. For the rare pure silver coin, it's going to cost you $140.
They are also super limited edition too. The Mint only made 4,000 of them to be distributed worldwide. They are only sold online too and not available at the Mint or in stores. So far, the Mint says they have sold 95% of them.
The limited edition glow-in-the-dark coin isn't the only dinosaur collection the Mint has. Among others, they also have a set of three 25 cent coins that show three of Canada's dinosaurs. That set retails for $20 and 100,000 sets were made.