The Royal Canadian Mint have done more to popularise the face value selling commemorative coin than just about anybody else, and case in point, this is the 19th release in their $20 for $20 series alone. First debuting in 2011, the series has traditionally featured strongly Canadian themes, but recently has veered off into some pop culture subjects like Superman, a brilliant Bugs Bunny, and now the world’s most famous dinosaur, Tyrannosaurus Rex.
The RCM have released some quite superb dinosaur coins over the last few years, full of impressive detail and mostly devoid of gimmicks, and while this specimen finish ¼oz coin doesn’t hit the same level of quality, the artwork is quite superb. We’d love to see a proof 2oz version of this coin. Mounted to a card as the previous $20 coins have been, the 300,000 mintage has only been bettered by the 350,000 of the Superman and Bugs Bunny coins, so the RCM are confident this one will be popular. We’d agree, given that T-Rex is such a huge worldwide phenomenon in ways that even superheroes and cartoon icons aren’t.
Available now, the coin is sold to Canadian and US buyers only, but it should be easy enough to pick one up from other dealers around the world for a small premium. A great release, the next coin coming in a couple of months will feature Superman Vs Batman to coincide with the blockbuster movie of the same name being released in March.