Jurassic Giants! What we know so far about the 2021 Dinosaur 50p coins…

Are you ready to discover the mighty beasts of the sea and sky?

The Royal Mint has confirmed that a brand new series of 50p coins is set to commemorate Mary Anning and her discovery of the giants of the Jurassic Coast.

Mary Anning is remembered as being one of the greatest fossil hunters and paleontologists to have ever lived. At the start of her career, she claimed her excavations were merely to explore her ‘curiosities’ but later, she was to discover remains of some of the greatest creatures to have ever swam in our shores and soared in our skies.

Mary Anning and her trusted companion Tray. Source: Numista via The National History Museum

Famous in her home town of Lyme Regis, Dorset, Anning’s work left a legacy of fossil hunting, paleontology and science. Dinosaur fans and historians alike, still flock to the seaside town in their thousands every year to learn more about her discoveries and to try and unearth their very own creatures in the sand and rocks!

The 2021 Mary Anning Dinosauria Collection is set to be a soaring success as it follows in the huge dinosaur footprints of last year’s Dinosauria 50p series, that introduced us to the Megalosaurus, Iguanodon, and Hylaeosaurus!

Whilst the designs of these coins remain top secret, they have been issued once more in collaboration with the National History Museum so we’re certain they will be dino-mite!

If you want to be one of the very first to secure the 2021 Mary Anning Dinosauria 50p coins for your collection as soon as they become available, for the cheapest available price, you can do so with the Change Checker New Issue Subscription service.

To find out more and to sign-up, simply click here >>


  1. James F on February 6, 2021 at 2:09 pm

    This new trend of the Royal Mint releasing not-for-circulation UK 50ps is frustrating, but I understand Change Checker isn’t exactly involved in the decision of whether a coin will enter circulation or not!

    My issue is with their inclusion in the 50p section of the Change Checker app (and the post-2016 £2s for that matter). There are well over 20 of them now (and seemingly many more to come in 2021). Granted, lot of collectors (myself included!) do indeed buy a lot of these coins from Westminster Collection when they come out.

    But (and this is the main point) for the average user of the Change Checker app, it comes across as very predatory and aggressive marketing – as though the only way to avoid ‘missing’ 30% of all the 50ps and £2s is to purchase them from Change Checker or Westminster Collection. It’s just a generally worse user experience and I for one was really put off from Change Checker when this started happening in 2019.

    There would be no need to remove them from the app altogether! Like I say, I and many others do indeed buy these not-for-circulation coins from Westminster Collection a lot of the time. All I’m saying is that you should treat these ‘not-for-circulation’ 50ps and £2s like the £5 coins, round £1s, 25ps and all the rest by treating them as a separate category of coin. By keeping the top section of your app dedicated to actual change checking, you would make the vast, vast majority of your users a lot less frustrated.

    I would be totally interested in a subscription service just for ‘not-for-circulation’ 50ps and £2s (even if the fact that they are not for circulation doesn’t become clear until well after their issue date). It’s just that the current situation comes across as predatory marketing, whether the intention or not.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 9, 2021 at 1:29 pm

      Hi James,

      Thank you for your feedback. We’re currently in the process of updating our app so these comments are incredibly useful. The option for having a seperate list for circulating vs non. circulating coins will be considered.

      The subscription service (whichever option you may choose) does provide an option for collectors to secure the non circulating coins that are issued for the cheapest available price, so it’s good to hear you’d be interested in this!

      Many thanks,

  2. Les kent on February 4, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Hi Alexandra
    The way I see it is, IF the mint do decide to stop minting the £2 coins the 1p and maybe the 2p coins and the 50p coins only mostly produced for sets there won’t be much left then, that might see the end of the annual sets or they will just be trophy coins like the London mint because God knows you can’t find much in your change these days .
    We will just have to wait and see.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 11:14 am

      Hi Les,

      Unfortunately the number of coins issued for circulation is determined by the Treasury. Hopefully this year we see some commemorative 50ps enter circulation instead of the Shield. Luckily last year we saw two 50p coins enter circulation, so here’s hoping the same (or more) happens this year.

      As you say, we shall have to wait and see…

      Best regards,

  3. Tim Hodgkiss on February 2, 2021 at 11:22 am

    I only collect UK mainland 50 pence pieces so I am unsure if your new issue subscription would suit my need.

  4. Mrs C Ide on February 2, 2021 at 11:10 am

    please advise when available to order

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      Hi there,

      We will update our blog as soon as these cons are available to order.

      Best regards,

  5. Dave Weaver on February 2, 2021 at 1:54 am

    Is it true that they are going to be:
    as mentioned in a previous post back in November 2020

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:25 pm

      Hi Dave,

      At the moment we have no further information on the designs. This is what was confirmed back in November but the definite designs won’t be confirmed until these coins launch.

      Best regards,

  6. Sue Hillier on February 1, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    So many new coins issued, all buy it now. Very few in general circulation. We don’t want a badge. We want to check our change. Bloody mad again.

  7. Steve White on February 1, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    Why are there no pictures of them and are these legal tender produced by the Royal Mint? I don’t recall seeing the others you refer to.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      Hi Steve,

      As these coins are yet to be released, the designs remain top secret.

      They will be produced by The Royal Mint and will carry a legal tender status. These follow the incredibly popular series from last year which were also issued by The Royal Mint.

      Best regards

      • Lee Pottle on February 2, 2021 at 7:57 pm

        I don’t know if you can help me, i have a silver prof 50p sherlock homes coin do you know anything about them or what they’re worth please

      • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 10:59 am

        Hi Lee,

        Unfortunately Change Checker is unable to provide valuations on coins but we have put together a useful guide to show you how you can do this yourself: https://www.changechecker.org/2018/08/02/could-i-be-minted-the-6-point-guide-to-valuing-your-coin/

        Best regards,

  8. Martin Gard. on February 1, 2021 at 1:25 pm

    Thank you for keeping me updated. Kind regards Martin

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:27 pm

      You’re most welcome, Martin!

  9. Robert ian Bullimore on February 1, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Are these different ones to those previously released , and how much are they ?

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Robert,

      This is a new series of 50ps and at the moment we only have this information available. We will of course update Change Checkers if we have any more information.


  10. John Williams on February 1, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    I can’t remember if I have already subscribed, how can I find out?

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:16 pm

      Hi there,

      Please contact our customer service team who will be able to look into your account and confirm for you: phone: 03330032777 email: [email protected]


  11. Terry on February 1, 2021 at 12:28 pm

    Mary Anning… well that’s an Ichthyosaur for sure!

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      We can’t wait to find out the designs! Will you be adding these coins to your collection, Terry?

  12. Val Gilbert on February 1, 2021 at 12:27 pm

    What is happening about the strike your own third dinosaur that never happened in the original dinosaur collection?

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:13 pm

      Hi Val,

      As this is a Royal Mint initiative and product, I would advise you contact them for further information.

      Best regards,

  13. John Lewis on February 1, 2021 at 12:00 pm

    Hi Alexandra

    Is there any information available that indicates IF a 50p coin has been released for circulation? My concern is many new coins now being released appear to be nothing more than a way for the Mint to make a revenue.
    More importantly they are now being released on a weekly basis (it at least feels so).


    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      Hi John,

      Unfortunately there’s no way for us to know unless The Royal Mint confirms it themselves. We saw two 50ps enter circulation last year so we can only hope to see a similar thing happen this year!

      We understand the frustration of not seeing as many coins enter circulation, as it Change Checker is all about getting people to check their change for new designs. We have set up our Face Value Ballot for people to enter where they could be given the chance to own the coin for just face value. Have you signed up to this? You can find more information here: https://www.changechecker.org/2019/05/01/your-chance-to-own-the-latest-uk-new-issue-50p-and-2-coins-for-face-value/

      Best regards,