A faster relative of Tyrannosaurus rex, the carnivorous Gorgosaurus is well represented among the tyrannosaurid fossils of Alberta’s Dinosaur Provincial Park. Our Ancient Canada series of antiqued, splash-struck coins continues its exploration of Canada’s prehistoric past with an illustrated rendering of the most complete Gorgosaurus skeleton ever recovered.
Item Number: 163382
Composition: 99.99% pure silver
Weight: 31.39 g
Diameter: Approx. 38 mm
Face Value: $20
Artist: Image based on fossil specimen curated at the Royal Tyrrell Museum
Packaging: Floating frame with black beauty box
- BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Two more coins have been added to our wildly popular Ancient Canada series, which had collectors clamouring for more!
- EACH ONE IS UNIQUE: Struck using an old coin-minting technique, each coin may vary in size: it may be larger or flatter, but it will always have a minimum diameter of 38 mm!
- Your coin does NOT have a rim: instead, the 99.99% pure silver was allowed to “spill” out to give this coin a slightly irregular shape—just like an ancient Roman coin!
- Verified by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, the design features precision engraving that realistically mimics the timeworn look and feel of fossils embedded in sandstone.
- Adding to the engraved textural details, a beautiful patina finish gives the coin an antiqued appearance that reflects the series’ theme, while the prehistoric-looking font adds to the “lost in time” feel of it all!
- The antique finish is sealed in lacquer, which should minimize the appearance of fingerprints if the coin is accidentally removed from its frame.
The reverse design is based on fossils curated at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, and has been reviewed for scientific accuracy by palaeontologists at the Museum. Reproduced on a smaller scale, the articulated skeleton of a juvenile Gorgosaurus libratus fills most of the reverse; it is depicted in a classic death pose, with legs folded beneath the torso and the neck bent back towards the tail, while the jaw is lined with a fearsome set of sharp teeth. The combination of precision engraving and special finishes result in an eye-catching contrast between the smooth, timeworn look of the polished fossils and the rock-like texture of their “sandstone” encasement. The rimless coin’s unusual contour is the result of an old coin-minting technique, which allows the fine silver to “spill” out and form an irregular shape reminiscent of an ancient Roman coin. The patina finish and a prehistoric-looking font further add to the coin’s antique appearance. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.