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Royal Canadian Mint

1 oz. Fine Silver Coin - Canadian Dinosaurs: Bathygnathus Borealis - Mintage: 8500 (2013)

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One of the first fossil discoveries to capture the Canadian imagination was that of the Bathygnathus borealis-found in 1845 near New London, Prince Edward Island. It wasn’t until 1905 that the bone was correctly identified as part of the upper jaw of a sphenacodontid, a family of “pelycosaur-grade” mammal-like reptiles or synapsids, animals that lived from the Late Pennsylvanian to middle Permian ages. Based on similarities of the jaw bones, experts now believe that the specimen could actually belong to the sail-back Dimetrodon or a similar animal, although fossil evidence of a sail has yet to be found. If Bathygnathus was similar to Dimetrodon, the large “sail” on its back could have helped regulate its body temperature.

Despite its early misidentification, this fossil is of great scientific and historical significance—it lived between 290 and 260 million years ago, when what is now P.E.I. lay near the equator.

Special features
• Your coin displays an exceptional engraving of a full, non-skeletal, lifelike portrait of the Bathygnathus borealis.
• Struck in 99.99% pure silver-GST/HST exempt.
• Limited mintage of 8,500.

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