Only in Canada: Glow-In-The-Dark Dino Coins From the Royal Canadian Mint

You guys!

I feel a little bit behind on this one but apparently the Royal Canadian Mint has been making coins of a particularly geeky nature since last year and it took a post on Reddit for me to find out about them.

Last year, the Mint started producing 25 cent coins with drawings of some very funky looking dinos. But that's not all. You see, these coins have a dark side. When the lights go out, they display the animal's skeleton.

My friends, I present to you: the Glow-in-the-dark Dinosaur series of coins. Last year's coin, the first in a series of 4 that will be issued over so many years, featured Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai which looks a bit like a Triceratops:

Credit: Royal Canadian Mint

The Mint produced 25,000 coins and they sold out. This year's coin promises to be another sellout (it's already 85% presold) even with an additional 5,000 coins being struck. And it has probably one of the best dino names I have ever heard of: Quetzalcoatlus. And it looks like a very bizarre Pterodactyl. Which of course means it looks even better in skeleton mode, as you can see below:

Credit: Royal Canadian Mint
[Aside: I need to figure out how to use Quetzalcoatlus in Scrabble. Triple word score, lookout!]

It looks like you can only pre-order the Quetzalcoatlus coin online, or hope to buy one from a dealer after the fact. They run for about $30 CAD (which always strikes me as funny for a $0.25 piece). Apparently the ink used to produce the coins won't fade and neither will the phosphorescent effect. Not that you would be handling the coin a lot if it's a collector's item, but still it's good to know that it will look as good in a decade or five.

Who knew that we produce such crazy collector coins? Makes me want to check out the Mint site a bit deeper to see what else I might have been missing.

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