Canada Gets Glow-in-the-Dark Dinosaur Coins

| 18 Apr 2012 12:15

Luminescent ceratopsid bones are now legal tender in Canada.

Canadian currency has a well-deserved reputation for sexiness, especially when compared to the dull, drab green of our North American bunkmates, but now the good people at the Royal Canadian Mint are really stepping it up. Remember those cryptozoological quarters the Mint rolled out last year? That's nothing. Now we've got dinosaurs - and they glow in the dark.

That's right, kids, when you look at one of these babies in normal light, it looks just like a normal dinosaur - a Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai, to be specific, bones of which were discovered in Alberta in 1946 - but turn off the lights and BAM! Glow-in-the-dark dinosaur skeleton! Even cooler, the mint says that unlike those cheap glow-in-the-dark novelties you find in cereal boxes, the luminescence of these coins won't fade over time.

The Pachywhatchahoozit coin is the first of a planned series of four, all approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, and joins the previously-mentioned Sasquatch, Memphre and Mishepishu quarters, plastic $100 bills and $1 coins named "loonies." The opposite face of the coin will feature an image of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of this Realm, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith, but which sadly does not reveal a glow-in-the-dark image of a Jewish lizardwoman when the lights go down.

Don't you wish your country had glow-in-the-dark dinosaur money? Alas, these coins won't be released into general circulation. Only 25,000 are being minted and while their face value is just 25 cents, collectors will have to fork over $29.95 to put one of them in their piggy banks.

Watch this week's Feed Dump to hear more about the glow in the dark dinosaur coins from Canada.

Source: Cnet

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