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Canada 2014 Glow in the Dark Prehistoric Creatures #4 - Tiktaalik Roseae Dinosaur 25 Cents Crown-Size Colorized Quarter Specimen with Photoluminescent Technology

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Vibrant color and photoluminescent technology combine for two views of this prehistoric monster on this affordable, crown size dinosaur quarter!

Here's a new and exciting treasure that will just blow you away! Combining two proprietary technologies, color and the revolutionary photoluminescence, the Royal Canadian Mint ups the numismatic ante once more - the glow-in-the-dark effect is phenomenal! Certain to intrigue adults, delight youngsters, and send collectors into a frenzy, we can't recommend this inexpensive coin enough! With its extremely affordable price point and extremely desirable dinosaur theme, we believe this crown sized color quarter will be sought after for years to come!

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Availability Notice - The first three Glow in the Dark Dinosaur coins (the Pachyrhinosaurus, the Quetzalcoatlus, and the Tylosaurus) sold out at the Mint seemingly in minutes, as we predicted. We believe that this one, too, will likewise sell out at the Mint very quickly! Please avail yourself of this unique opportunity to acquire one (or more) of this fourth in the series while you still can!

Photoluminescent Dinosaur Coins
Here are the Dinosaur Glow in the Dark Crown-Sized Color Quarters released so far:

    2012 Pachyrhinosaurus
    2013 Quetzalcoatlus
    2013 Tylosaurus
    2014 Tiktaalik

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The extinct, swimming dinosaur predator Tiktaalik roseae, found on the new, Canadian Glow in the Dark Color Quarter coin!Glow in the Dark Photoluminescence Technology
This new dinosaur coin features a new and patented technology from the Royal Canadian Mint, a special finish selectively applied to the dinosaur image. The RCM leads the world with its proprietary technologies, in which the finish is actually sealed on the coin. This photoluminescent technology makes the dinosaur fossil glow in the dark! The effect can be seen through the capsule and will not wear out. Sunlight is best, but fluorescent and incandescent lights (as found in most households) can also be used to activate the special photo-luminescent substance which makes the bones of the dinosaur glow. For best effect, expose the coin to one of these light sources for about a minute, then view in the dark to reveal the dino's skeleton.

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The Bizarrely Transitional Tiktaalik
Tiktaalik is a monospecific genus of extinct sarcopterygian (lobe-finned fish) from the late Devonian period, with many features akin to those of tetrapods (four-legged animals). It is an example of ancient sarcopterygian fish developing adaptations to the oxygen-poor shallow-water habitats of its time, which led to the evolution of tetrapods. Well-preserved fossils were found in 2004 on Ellesmere Island in Nunavut, Canada. This monster, which is not a true dinosaur, resembles the extent alligator gars and crocodilians.

Tiktaalik provides insights on the features of the extinct closest relatives of the tetrapods. Unlike many previous, more fish-like transitional fossils, the "fins" of Tiktaalik have basic wrist bones and simple rays reminiscent of fingers. In 2004, three fossilized Tiktaalik skeletons were discovered in rock formed from late Devonian river sediments on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, in northern Canada. The remarkable find was made by a paleontologist who noticed the skull sticking out of a cliff. On further inspection, the ancient animal was found to be in excellent condition for a 383-million-year-old specimen. It was quickly recognized as a classic example of a transitional form. Jennifer A. Clack, a Cambridge University expert on tetrapod evolution, said of Tiktaalik, "It's one of those things you can point to and say, 'I told you this would exist,' and there it is."

Tiktaalik generally had the characteristics of a lobe-finned fish, but with front fins featuring arm-like skeletal structures more akin to a crocodile, including a shoulder, elbow, and wrist. It had rows of sharp teeth of a predator fish, and its neck could move independently of its body, which is not common in other fish. The animal had a flat skull resembling a crocodile's; eyes on top of its head, suggesting that it spent a lot of time looking up; a neck and ribs similar to those of tetrapods, with the ribs being used to support its body and aid in breathing via lungs; well developed jaws suitable for catching prey; and a small gill slit called a spiracle that, in more derived animals, became an ear.

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The Tiktaalik Photoluminescent Crown-Size Color Quarter is the fourth entry in the extremely popular Glow-in-the-Dark Prehistoric Creatures Series.  Here are the Dinosaur Glow in the Dark Crown-Sized Color Quarters released so far:

    2012 Pachyrhinosaurus
    2013 Quetzalcoatlus
    2013 Tylosaurus
    2014 Tiktaalik

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Technology Note
This Photoluminescent Crown-Size Color Quarter features the Royal Canadian MintÂ’s patented colorization technology. The RCM leads the world with its proprietary colorization technology, in which the color is actually sealed on the coin. The intricate detail, smooth gradients, and extreme precision of the technology create a stunning, full-color portrait on each coin.

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Glow In The Dark Dinosaur Quarter in Package
The 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 frosted 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
By day, a full color depiction of the dinosaur-like Tiktaalik. In the dark, a photoluminescent depiction of its skeleton. 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 color and glow-in-the-dark technologies. The date of issue and denomination are both indicated.

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Reverse
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, 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 encapsulated inside a burgundy leatherette, clamshell-style presentation case, lined with black velvet and protected by a custom, full-color outer sleeve with glow in the dark elements! An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2014
   
Face Value 25 Cents
Weight 12.61 g
Diameter 35 mm
Mintage Limit    30,000
   
Finish Specimen with Color
Composition Copper Nickel
Edge Plain
   
Artist Julius T. Csotonyi
Certificate Individually Numbered

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