The third coin to feature in our Dinosaur Collection struck in 1oz pure silver takes flight today…and it is the winged Pterodactyl!
The extinct genus Pterodactylus, commonly known as Pterodactyls, lived over 145 million years ago during the Jurassic period. The word ‘Pterodactylus’ comes from the Greek meaning ‘winged finger’. Pterodactylus had extremely long, specially adapted fourth fingers, to which its wings were attached.
It was relatively small, with its wingspan thought to have been around 1.04 meters (3.41 ft.). It had a long beak filled with small, sharp teeth and sported a crest on its head. It is thought that this crest grew as the pterodactyl aged and was a sign of maturity.
The Pterodactyl was capable of ‘flapping flight’. This means that it could power itself through the air by flapping its wings – just like (most) modern birds. This ability set it apart from earlier winged reptiles that could only glide.
This legal tender coin has been antiqued to complement the theme and shows a coloured and engraved image of the dragon-like, winged Pterodactyls in flight against a prehistoric background. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
The numbered Certificate of Authenticity can be found inside the Pterodactyl-themed packaging, confirming the limited mintage of 2,000 coins. Order yours soon, they’ll be flying off the shelves!