1 oz. Pure Silver Coin – Discovering Dinosaurs: Mercury's Horned Face

1 oz. Pure Silver Coin –...

$109.95 CAD
76% SOLD

1 oz. Pure Silver Coin – Discovering Dinosaurs: Mercury's Horned Face

Silver 2022 Mintage 10,000
76% SOLD

1 oz. Pure Silver Coin – Discovering Dinosaurs: Mercury's Horned Face

Silver 2022 Mintage 10,000
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$109.95 CAD
Masters Club: 1,100 Status: CAN & US shipping only Shipping: Expected to be shipped on Oct 24

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Features

Rhodium plating
Scientifically verified
Engraved texture

Specifications

Product Number 203129
Mintage 10,000
Composition 99.99% pure silver with selective rhodium plating
Embellishments Plating
Weight 31.39 g
Diameter 38 mm
Edge Serrated
Certificate Serialized
Face Value 20 dollars
Finish Matte proof

Design & Artist

Reverse
Obverse

Julius Csotonyi, Paleoartist

It's always a thrill to illustrate the newest additions to Canada's amazing diversity of ceratopsian (horned) dinosaurs, whose uniquely shaped neck shields functioned as visual signals. For Mercuriceratops, the challenge was to accurately portray the weird squamosal skull bone (resembling the mythical winged helmet of Mercury) while creatively rotating the skull so that the elongated head could fit within the circular rim of the coin!

Julius Csotonyi, Paleoartist

Dr. François Therrien, Curator of Dinosaur Palaeoecology, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

Mercuriceratops is an example of a dinosaur species that’s known from a single bone only. Species of several groups of dinosaurs, like horned dinosaurs and duckbilled dinosaurs, are all very similar to each other and can often only be distinguished based on differences on one or a few bones. For example, duckbilled dinosaur species often only differ based on the shape of their crest. In horned dinosaurs, it’s often the shape of the bones forming the frill (shield behind the head) that allows paleontologists to recognize different species. In the case of Mercuriceratops, paleontologists found a bone of the frill that was unlike any that had ever been found for any other species. That’s how they knew they were dealing with a brand new species, even though they knew nothing else about the rest of the body.

Dr. François Therrien, Curator of Dinosaur Palaeoecology, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology

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