A brand new United Kingdom 50p series has been released this morning and the news is so colossal it’s sure to shake the coin collecting community!

2020 UK Dinosauria 50p Series

The new series celebrates the Discovery of Dinosaurs with three brand new 50p coins.

British anatomist Richard Owen proposed the term ‘Dinosauria’ in 1842 and this comprised the first three dinosaurs to be discovered – the Megalosaurus, Iguanodon, and Hylaeosaurus.

Excitingly, this is the FIRST-TIME ever Dinosaurs have featured on UK coinage so we’re very excited by this numismatic first!

What’s more, this new series of 50p coins has been issued in partnership with the Natural History Museum so the coins are sure to be popular with palaeontologists and collectors alike!

So without further delay, let’s take a closer look at the designs of these coins…

Megalosaurus 50p

The first coin in the series has been released TODAY and features the Megalosaurus Rex.

2020 UK Megalosaurus CERTIFIED BU 50p

‘Megalosaurus’ translates to mean ‘Great Lizard’ and I think it definitely lives up to its name!

Living on earth around 166 million years ago, this great dinosaur could reach up to nine meters in length!

As the first coin in the Dinosaur series, this 50p is available in Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated Quality.

Iguanodon 50p

The second coin in the series features the Iguanodon and will be released officially in the coming months.

2020 UK Iguanodon CERTIFIED BU 50p

Distinctively, the Iguanodon had large spikes on their thumbs which you can see clearly in the intricate details of the coin design.

It is thought these spikes could have been used for defence against predators. As Iguanodons were large herbivores, it is unlikely these would have been used for hunting.

As the second coin in the series, this 50p will be officially released for purchase later in the year. However, if you want to be one of the first to own this coin after its release, you can pre-order it here.

Hylaeosaurus 50p

The third and final coin in the series features the Hylaeosaurus which translates to mean ‘belonging to the forest’.

2020 UK Hylaeosaurus CERTIFIED BU 50p

It is estimated this dinosaur was around five metres long, however limited remains have been found of this particular species.

As with the other two coins, this 50p has been designed by Robert Nicholls and this is the first series he has designed for UK coins – we think he’s smashed it!

This is the final coin in this series and will be officially released later in the year. However, if you want to make sure you don’t miss out on completing the series, you can pre-order it here.

So there we have it! A good look at the brand new United Kingdom 50p series celebrating the Discovery of Dinosaurs.

As this is the first time Dinosaurs have ever featured on UK coinage, the coins have been issued in partnership with the Natural History Museum, AND they are brand new UK 50ps (the most collected coin in the country!) we’re certain this series is going to be immensely popular with collectors.

Do you have a favourite coin from the series? Let us know by voting in our poll!

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The top 50p from the series will be announced next week, but in the meantime, let us know your favourite in the comments below!


Do you want to add this exciting new 50p to your collection? Click here to secure yours today in superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality!

17 Comments

  1. Fred on February 14, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    In my opinion the word coin should not be used if it does not go into general circulation, even the word token suggests it can be used in exchange for a commodity which in this case it is not. These items are the commodity and as such should be labelled as display articles not as coinage.

  2. Jim on February 14, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Stunning designs, great artist, but what a shame will never be seen in circulation. Yet another disappointment for us change checkers.

  3. Moaner on February 13, 2020 at 6:52 pm

    All non circulating 50p should be removed from the Change Checker listing… if not available in ones change, why list them?

    • Rachel Hooper on February 17, 2020 at 8:11 am

      The non circulating coins are available to add to your collection on the Change Checker web app to keep track of which coins you have. This is the same with the £5 and pre 1997 coins as well, as these are also not in circulation.

  4. Caitlin on February 13, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    I agree with everyone else would have been cool to look out for in circulation, just another pointless design in order to make more money off the public!

  5. stewart green on February 13, 2020 at 10:56 am

    The coins look nice but if they are not for circulation then they are extinct already. 🙁

    • C Serbie on February 13, 2020 at 5:05 pm

      If not being circulated then I hope you don’t have it on change checker list as it won’t be in charge will it. Don’t understand why you have coins that are never in or has been in your change on such an app.

      • Rachel Hooper on February 17, 2020 at 8:12 am

        Hi, we allow Change Checkers to add the non circulating 50p and £2 coins to their collection to keep track of which coins they have. This is the same for the £5 and pre 1997 coins as well, which are also not in circulation. We share the view that it would be great to be able to find these coins in our change.



  6. Russ Dawson on February 13, 2020 at 10:40 am

    Another pointless token not for circulation…

  7. Stephen Porrett on February 13, 2020 at 9:50 am

    do we know if these new coins will going into circulation? please

    • Rachel Hooper on February 13, 2020 at 12:28 pm

      Unfortunately they have been issued in collector’s quality only. It would have been great to see them in our change though.

  8. Harry Hawthorne on February 13, 2020 at 9:26 am

    R these going into circulation

    • Rachel Hooper on February 13, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      Unfortunately not, they are collector’s coins only. It would have been really nice to find them in our change though.

  9. Adrian Shaw on February 13, 2020 at 9:15 am

    My favourite by far is the Megalosaurus. I hope they continue with this series in the coming years to complete a full dinosaur collection.

    • Rachel Hooper on February 13, 2020 at 12:29 pm

      More dinosaur coins would be amazing!

      • Ian on February 14, 2020 at 7:03 am

        There’s a BU coin and a BU pack coin but they look the same going by most of the images on the Westminster site.

        Wondering if you’d know:

        Is the pack basically the cardboard mount with a picture on it?

        Does the non-pack version include a blue rectangular mount instead?



      • Rachel Hooper on February 17, 2020 at 8:14 am

        Hi Ian, the BU coin is in Change Checker packaging (blue cards) whereas the BU pack is the official Royal Mint packaging.



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