2017 Ancient Canada: Ornithomimus 1oz Silver

Ornithomimus fossils, like the one depicted on your splash-struck coin, changed the way we think about feathered dinosaurs. By studying three specimens found in the Badlands of Alberta, paleontologists concluded that Ornithomimus was covered in down-like feathers that, as the dinosaur matured, developed into long feathers on its arms to form primitive wings. This suggests wings appeared much earlier in the evolutionary timeline—and were first used for display rather than flight!


  • Coin Metal: 9999 pure silver
  • Coin Weight: 31.39g
  • Coin Finish: antiqued
  • Coin Denomination: $20
  • Year of Issue: 2017
  • Coin Mintage: 5,000
  • Country of Issue: Canada
  • Diameter: 38mm approx

Reverse Design

Your coin’s design was based on fossil specimen TMP 1995.110.1 curated at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta. The rimless coin’s unusual contour is the product of an old coin-making technique that allows the pure silver to spill out, producing an irregular shape reminiscent of an ancient Roman coin. In contrast, cutting-edge technology and finishing techniques add a smooth appearance to the engraved fossils of the feathered dinosaur Ornithomimus, which shines bright in comparison to the textured appearance of the sandstone-like encasing throughout your coin. The entire design has an unmistakably ancient look and feel, thanks to a patina finish that gives your coin its aged look, coupled with the prehistoric-looking font used on both sides of your coin.

Obverse Design

This features the Susanna Blunt effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


Your coin comes beautifully packaged in a ready-to-display floating frame

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