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Canada 2016 Day of the Dinosaurs #1 - Quetzalcoatlus Flying Dinosaur - Terror of the Sky $10 Pure Silver Proof with Color

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First in a new series! Get this low-mintage, meticulously detailed and engraved pure silver proof that depicts in full color the dinosaur Pterosaur Quetzalcoatlus, the largest creature ever to fly!
 
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FIRST in a thrilling new series that captures all the wonder and ferocity of life millions of years ago. The prehistoric creatures that roamed North America before us inspire a mix of awe, curiosity and even fear. This three-coin series of pure silver proofs captures some of their fiercest and most wondrous attributes!

We begin with the intimidating Quetzalcoatlus, which was the largest creature on the planet ever to fly! The following intimidating dinosaurs are planned:

    1)  Quetzalcoatlus - Terror of the Sky
    2)  Styracosaurus - Spiked Lizard
    3)  Edmontonia - Armored Tank
 
    + Day of the Dinosaur Complete 3-Coin Collection!

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The huge, extinct, flying dinosaur Queztalcoatlus, found on the new, Canadian Glow in the Dark Color Quarter coin!A Stunning, Original Work of Art!
The design by Canadian artist Dino Pulera features an intricately engraved rendition of how a Quetzalcoatlus likely appeared, and was reviewed for scientific accuracy by palaeontologists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. The use of selective color brings this long-extinct species to life in incredible detail. Soaring with only an occasional flap of its enormous wings, the terrifyingly large reptile keeps one wing bent towards the viewer while the left wing is outstretched. Its long, pointed beak is open wide, releasing a cry into the wind as it prepares to swoop down to find prey. The coin’s own silver surface recreates radiant rays of bright sunlight peeking through the clouds above the distant mountains, which convey how high the plane-sized creature would soar above the conifer forest below. The scientific accuracy of this depiction has been verified by palaeontologists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology.

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Quetzalcoatlus - An Ancient Mystery!
Quetzalcoatlus was a pterodactyloid pterosaur known from the Late Cretaceous of North America (Maastrichtian stage, about 68–65.5 million years ago), and one of the largest known flying animals of all time. It was a member of the Azhdarchidae, a family of advanced toothless pterosaurs with unusually long, stiffened necks. Its name comes from the Mesoamerican feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl.

The huge, extinct, flying dinosaur Queztalcoatlus, found on the new, Canadian Glow in the Dark Color Quarter coin!In the years since Quetzalcoatlus was first discovered in Texas in 1971, scientists have been unable to determine precisely how such a large dinosaur became airborne. Recent studies reveal that these animals walked on four legs and pushed with their forelimbs to launch into the air. Although small pterosaurs may have been active fliers, larger pterosaurs like Quetzalcoatlus probably soared, making use of thermal updrafts.

Experts have largely rejected early theories that Quetzalcoatlus skim-fed on fish or scavenged dinosaur carcasses because of problems presented by its physique. Instead, they believe that this animal, whose four legs resemble those of modern ungulates like deer, was adapted for terrestrial hunting and probably fed on small animals. Although Quetzalcoatlus would have been an impressive predator, it also fell prey to meat-eating dinosaurs, as indicated by a dromaeosaur tooth found embedded in pterosaur bone discovered in Dinosaur Provincial Park.

When it was first discovered, scientists estimated that the largest Quetzalcoatlus fossils came from an individual with a wingspan as large as 15.9 meters (52.2 feet), choosing the middle of three extrapolations from the proportions of other flying dinosaurs that gave an estimate of 11, 15.5 and 21 meters respectively (36 feet, 50.85 feet, 68.9 feet). In 1981, further study lowered these estimates to 11–12 meters (36–39 feet). More recent estimates based on greater knowledge of azhdarchid proportions place its wingspan at 10–11 meters (33–36 ft).

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Dinosaur In-BoxPurity 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 half troy ounce silver proof is 99.99% pure!

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Obverse
The design by Canadian artist Dino Pulera features an intricately engraved rendition of how a Quetzalcoatlus likely appeared, and was reviewed for scientific accuracy by palaeontologists at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. 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 black outer box. An individually-numbered certificate of authenticity is included.

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Specifications
Country Canada
Year of Issue 2016
   
Face Value 10 Dollars
Weight 15.879 g
Diameter 34 mm
Mintage Limit       10,000
   
Finish Proof with Color
Composition .9999 Fine (Pure) Silver
Edge Serrated (milled, reeded)
   
Artist Dino Pulera
Certificate Individually Numbered

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