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Royal Mint releases a new range of special 50p coins featuring dinosaurs

The Royal Mint has launched a new range of 50p coins that celebrate the contribution Britain has made to the discovery of dinosaurs – and they communicate with your phone.

In partnership with the Natural History Museum, a brand-new line of coins have been produced which showcase the megalosaurus, iguanodon and hylaeosaurus.

The Dinosauria Collection's Brilliant Uncirculated edition uses state-of-the-art colour printing to bring the dinosaurs to life.

The hylaeosaurus coin (pictured) is the third and final in the Dinosauria Collection produced by the Royal Mint and Natural History Museum

The three coins feature dinosaurs that led British anatomist Sir Richard Owen, the founder of the Natural History Museum, to coin the term dinosauria in a paper in 1842, such as the Megalosaurus (pictured)

What makes the coins special though is that their packaging can be scanned by mobile phones, using the Royal Mint app, to show information, pictures and videos of the dinosaurs

What makes the coins special though is the augmented reality technology featured alongside them.

Clare Maclennan, divisional director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint said: 'As one of the nation's most loved tourist attractions remains closed, we are pleased to partner with the Natural History Museum to bring dinosaurs to life from the comfort of your home.

'It is the first time that The Royal Mint has combined augmented reality with a coin series as we continue to innovate and enrich the experience of coin collecting.

'Simply by scanning the packaging our customers will be able to access exclusive content which celebrates Britain's role in the discovery of dinosaurs, brings the animals to life through animation and explores the intricate details of each coin.'

The Royal Mint worked in conjunction with the Natural History Museum (pictured) to create the three coins

The packaging the coins come with can be scanned on a mobile phone using the Royal Mint's App.

This unlocks facts, video clips and pictures of the prehistoric creatures.

The hylaeosaurus coin is the third and final in the Dinosauria Collection and it was the three dinosaurs printed on these special coins that led British anatomist Sir Richard Owen, the founder of the Natural History Museum, to coin the term dinosauria in a paper in 1842.

What are the hylaeosaurus, megalosaurus and iguanodon?

Hylaeosaurus lived 150-135 millions years ago

Hylaeosaurus: A specimen of was one of the 3 fossils first identified as dinosaurs by Richard Owen in 1841. They were an armoured type of dinosaur found in England. 

Hylaeosaurus lived 150-135 million years ago and grew to be as long as five metres long. Their name means 'woodland lizard'.

Megalosaurus was one of the first to ever be discovered

Megalosaurus: This species of dinosaur was one of the first to ever be discovered. It is a large theropod that could grow to measure nine metres in length.

These dinosaurs were found in England and were believed to have roamed the Earth around 170-155 million years ago. Their name means 'big lizard'.

Iguanadon had a large thumb spike, probably to fend off predators

Iguanadon: This type of dinosaur is one of the most commonly found in the world. They could probably walk on all fours or on two legs. It had a large thumb spike, probably to fend off predators. Muscle attachment areas inside its head suggest that it may have had a long tongue.

The herbivores have been found in Belgium, England and the US and are believed to have lived 140-110 million years ago. 

Source: Natural History Museum 

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