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Canada 2010 Dinosaur Fossil - Euoplocephalus Heavily Armored Ankylosaurus $4 Pure Silver Four Dollar Proof with Oxidized Fossil Technology

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This heavily armored dinosaur, Euoplocephalus, armed with spikes and a club, is uncovered on this affordable, pure silver proof with an intriguing $4 denomination!

Sold out at the Mint!Imagine the thrill of unearthing the skull of a prehistoric creature - a terrifying, armored tank-like beast, the likes of which the world had never before seen! This was the scene in Alberta, Canada in 1902, when the first Euoplocephalus specimen, nearly 20 feet long, was discovered by Canadian paleontologist and geologist Lawrence Morris Lambe. The world had never seen this armored dinosaur before, but it would soon be the stuff of scientific speculation!

Mintage note - Euoplocephalus (armored dinosaur) has the lowest mintage limit of the series - only 13,000!

The extinct, heavily armored dinosaur Euoplocephalus Tutus, a herbivore, showing its long row of spikes and its clubbed tail.A Heavily-Armored Tank!
Euoplocephalus tutus (meaing "well-armored head") lived between 85 and 65 million years ago, in the late Cretaceous period. Euoplocephalus was a plant eating (herbivorous) dinosaur. It had a complicated nasal structure, which indicates that it probably had a good sense of smell. It had flexible legs, which it might have used for digging. The stiff, low-slung dinosaur had poor teeth (weak dentition), so it probably would have grazed on fleshy low-lying vegetation and shallow tubers.

Among the ankylosaurids, Euoplocephalus was exceeded in size only by Tarchia and Ankylosaurus. Euoplocephalus was 20 feet (6 meters) long and weighed over 2 tons, about the size of an elepant. While it was about 8 feet (2.5 meters) wide, it was low-slung, with short, stout legs. The rear legs were larger than the front legs and all four limbs were tipped with hoof-like claws. Like all ankylosaurids, it had a flat, thick, triangular skull. The mouth included a horny beak and the teeth were small and roughly leaf-shaped. It had a short neck.

A skeleton of the extinct, heavily armored dinosaur Euoplocephalus Tutus, a herbivore, showing its long row of spikes and its clubbed tail.The entire head and body of the Euoplocephalus are covered with bands of armor, which allowed a surprising amount of flexibility. It was the first ankylosaurid discovered with armored shutters that it could slide down to cover its eyelids! Each piece of armor was composed of a thick oval plate, embedded in the thick surrounding skin, which was studded with short, horny spikes (dermal scutes, like those of crocodiles), which were about 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) long. In addition to the spines running down its back, Euoplocephalus had large horns growing from the back of its head. It also had a bony club at the end of its rigid tail, which it carried above the ground. The tail was muscular, so the club could be swung from side to side for defense.

Internally, many bones were fused together to provide support for the heavy armor. The backbone (the dorsal vertebrae) is merged with the ribs, and several of the backbones in front of the hips (presacral vertebrae) were also fused together into a rod. The tail is made from hardened tissues, which are fused to the tail bones.

The Euoplocephalus Dinosaur Fossil $4 Silver Proof is the latest entry in the new and extremely popular Dinosaur Fossils of Canada series. The series is scheduled to continue for four years as follows:
    2007 - Duck-Billed Parasaurolophus
    2008 - Triceratops
    2009 - Tyrannosaurus Rex
    2010 - Dromaeosaurus
    2010 - Euoplocephalus

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Mintage note - Euoplocephalus has the lowest mintage limit of the series - only 13,000!

The extinct, heavily armored dinosaur Euoplocephalus Tutus, a herbivore, showing its long row of spikes and its clubbed tail.Investment Note
The new Dinosaur Fossil $4 Silver Proofs feature not one, but two, firsts for a Canadian coin series! They are the first Canadian coins with a $4 denomination (face value), and are also the first to feature the Royal Canadian Mint's new oxidized fossil technology (more on this below). Both these firsts, and the incredibly popular theme (dinosaurs), are all important considerations.

Consider too that the dinosaur fossils series is minted in the purest silver (.9999 fine) used anywhere for numismatic purposes. Also important is the mintage limit, which is low for any Canadian pure silver proof, much less one featuring a brand-new applied technology. Perhaps most importantly, these are all very affordable silver proofs, making them a great value. The dinosaur coins seem destined to sell out quickly, so get yours today - these will truly remain among your favorites for years to come!

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Oxidized Fossil Technology Note

The Euoplocephalus Dinosaur Fossil $4 Silver Proof features a new and patented technology from the Royal Canadian Mint, a special finish selectively applied to the dinosaur fossil image. The RCM leads the world with its proprietary technologies, in which the finish is actually sealed on the coin. The unique patination gives the fossil skeleton an aged appearance. Variations in tone and color are a direct and intentional result of this process, so no two coins will look exactly alike!
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Purity Note
The Royal Canadian Mint refines the purest silver in the world. The RCM is also the only mint in the world to issue commemorative coins in a .9999 fineness. This one ounce silver proof is 99.99% pure!

A depiction of a full Euoplocephalus fossilized skeleton, clearly showing its bony armor, protective spikes and clublike tail. This design has been approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, and is highlighted in an unique patina by the Royal Canadian Mint's proprietary oxidized fossil technology. The date of issue and denomination are both indicated.

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.

The coin is encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a black outer sleeve. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

SpecificationsA modern reproduction of the extinct, heavily armored dinosaur Euoplocephalus Tutus, a herbivore, eating plants.
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2010
Face Value Four Dollars
Weight 15.87 g
Diameter 34.0 mm
Mintage Limit       13,000
Finish Proof with Oxidized Finish
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
Artist Kerri Burnett
Certificate Individually Numbered

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