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Canada 2010 Dinosaur Exhibits 50 Cents #2 - Albertosaurus Colorized Half Dollar with 3-D Lenticular Technology Specimen

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Watch out! T-Rex's meaner cousin, a fearsome, carnivorous dinosaur, lunges directly at you when you tilt the coin!

Talisman Coins and the Royal Canadian Mint team up with the Canadian Museum of Nature to bring you this new series of must-have dinosaur coins - all to celebrate the Museum’s 25th anniversary and to underscore its status as one of North America's leading natural history and sciences museums.

The fearsome carnivorous dinosaur Albertosaurus, on the rampage hunting and looking to make a meal of a less fortunate dino!Lenticular Note - The stop-motion special effect on this coin is absolutely astounding! The dinosaur's movement towards you is incredible! It is much better than the images can possibly hope to demonstrate, and much better than previous lenticular motion coins we have seen!

Albertosaurus is just one of many amazing dinosaur fossils on display in the Talisman Energy Fossil Gallery. This mighty beast is a fierce prehistoric carnivore that springs to life with a slight tilt of the coin, lunging forward to bite your head off! It’s presented in an elaborate, oversized, full color folder that also includes six trading cards!

Kids, adults and dinosaur enthusiasts alike will thrill to and appreciate this dynamic, colorful design!

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The Albertosaurus Lenticular Half Dollar is the second in the Mint's new and dynamic Lenticular Dinosaur Exhibits series, minted by the Royal Canadian Mint, which comprises the following monsters:

    Daspletosaurus
    Albertosaurus
    Sinosauropteryx

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Albertosaurus
Albertosaurus (Latin, meaning "Alberta lizard") is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived in western North America during the Late Cretaceous Period, more than 70 million years ago. The type species, A. sarcophagus, was restricted in range to the modern-day Canadian province of Alberta, after which the genus is named. Scientists disagree on the content of the genus, with some recognizing Gorgosaurus libratus as a second species.

A profile bust head portrait reconstruction of the fearsome carnivorous dinosaur Albertosaurus!Albertosaurus is closely related to the larger and more recent Tyrannosaurus rex. Like most known tyrannosaurids, it was a large bipedal predator equipped with dozens of large, sharp teeth. Albertosaurus had the small forelimbs typical of tyrannosaurids, although they were proportionately longer than in other genera.

As an apex predator, Albertosaurus may have been at the top of the food chain, probably preying on herbivorous dinosaurs like the ceratopsid Centrosaurus and the hadrosaur Hypacrosaurus. In some areas, Daspletosaurus coexisted with another tyrannosaurid, Gorgosaurus; some paleontologists believe that they belong in the same genus.

Since the first discovery in 1884, fossils of more than thirty Albertosaurus individuals have been recovered, providing scientists with a more detailed knowledge of Albertosaurus anatomy than is available for most other tyrannosaurids. The discovery of 22 individuals at one site provides evidence of pack behavior and allows studies of development and population biology which are impossible with lesser-known dinosaurs.

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Technology Note
The Albertosaurus Lenticular Half Dollar is the second dinosaur release to feature the Royal Canadian Mint’s new 3-D lenticular technology. The RCM leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The lenticular technology combines color with the illusion of movement - as you tilt the coin back and forth, the dinosaur seems to leap forward and lunge at you!

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Canada 2010 Dinosaur 50¢ in packageThe Specimen Finish
This coin features the uniquely-Canadian "specimen" finish, a three-fold combination of different finishes. The design (raised area or relief) includes both brilliant and mirrored surfaces, while the fields (background) are subtly striated, resulting in a contrasting, matte appearance. No other mint in the world employs the specimen finish.

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Obverse
A meticulously detailed Albertosaurus dinosaur lunges forward in front of the Royal Tyrrell Museum, highlighted in color by the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary colorization technology, and further enhanced by the mint's lenticular 3-D effect. The date and denomination are also indicated.

Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England, in profile facing right. This portrait, the fourth effigy of the queen to appear on Canadian Coinage, was executed by the artist Susanna Blunt. The legend ELIZABETH II D. G. REGINA ("Elizabeth II, Queen by the Grace of God") also appears.

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Packaging
The coin is housed in a full color blister pack folder, containing six collector trading cards as well!
 
SpecificationsThe fearsome carnivorous dinosaur Albertosaurus!
Country Canada
Year of Issue    2010
   
Face Value 50 Cents
Weight 12.61 g
Diameter 35 mm
   
Finish Specimen
Composition Brass-Plated Steel
Edge Plain
   
Artist Royal Canadian Mint engravers
Certificate Included

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