Tyrannosaurus Rex Glow in the Dark Silver Medallion
We don’t normally sell medallions at Minted-UK, but we do make exceptions for the odd stand-out, and we just can’t by-pass Dinosaur themes (being amateur palentotogists ourselves). The Koninklijke Nederlandse Mint, based in the Netherlands, have just launched a new one struck in sterling silver and featuring the countries newest immigrant, Trix.
Trix is a Tyrannosaurus Rex. When alive she stood almost five metres tall and weighed around five tonnes. Found in the state of Montana in mid 2013 by a team from the Naturalis Natural History Museum in Leiden, T-Rex skeletons of this quality are exceptionally rare, some 80% of the animal having been recovered. Now on show in the Naturalis museum in Amsterdam, it is the first and only T-Rex skeleton on display in Europe, and one of the only ones to use the original skull.
The medal is a nice design, weighs an ounce and has a glow-in-the-dark side. The standard side depicts almost the entire skeleton in the dynamic pose chosen by the museum, mainly because the weight of the skull made it the most practical. Simple inscriptions around the edge of this side mark the species name and the nickname given to the fossil, Trix, a shortened version of Beatrix, the former Queen of the country.
If you would like to know more about this most amazing exhibit, please click to download following media release
- Metal: 925 Silver
- Weight: 1oz
- Year of Issue: 2016
- Mintage Limit: 750
- Diameter: 38.6mm
- Finish: Proof
The reverse design shows a partial design of Europe’s first ever full T-rex skelton Trix on display in Pesthuis, Leiden Netherlands.
The other side shows a stylised silhouette of the skull with the text ‘T.REX IN TOWN” underneath. This is a replica of the marketing logo used to raise funds for the dig and repatriation of the fossil to the museum. The whole logo glows in the dark when the lights are out.
Presented in a modern-style box, enclosed within which is a certificate of authenticity (this is one to keep in our opinion).