A Tyrannosaurus tex will soon appear on a silver $20 coin from Canada.
The Royal Canadian Mint on Jan. 5, 2016, will begin shipping the
latest coin in the $20-for-$20 silver coin program, showing a
The Specimen Finish .9999 fine silver $20 coin has a mintage limit
of 300,000 pieces. The coin is the 22nd in a series that began in 2011
and that has included such themes as Canada’s final 1-cent coin,
Superman, Bugs Bunny, and the Canadian flag anniversary. All of the
coins but the Flag $25 coin are denominated $20. The program has since
expanded to include $50, $100, and $200 coins available at face value.
An original work of art by Canadian artist Julius Csotonyi appears
on the reverse of the T. rex silver $20 coin. A tyrannosaurus rex runs
toward the viewer. The T. rex has its head turned slightly, opening
its mouth wide to reveal deadly teeth. Artwork was reviewed for
scientific accuracy by palaeontologists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of
Palaeontology in Alberta, according to the RCM.
The $20 coin weighs 7.96 grams and measures 27 millimeters in
diameter. Each coin is packaged in a clear vinyl pouch accompanied by
a full-color certificate featuring an image of the famous dinosaur in
its primordial habitat.
The RCM announced that the next silver $20-for-$20 coin will
showcase Superman V Batman, to be released in February 2016. A third
$20 coin (theme unannounced) is due for release in May.
The new silver $20 coin is available from the RCM website, and from
distributor Talisman Coins.