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TERROR OF THE SKY Day of the Dinosaurs Silver Coin 10$ Canada 2016


This is the first Silver coin in a thrilling new series “Day of the Dinosaurs”, that captures all the wonder and ferocity of life millions of years ago, in prehistoric Canada. The coin depicts the Quetzalcoatlus, was the largest known creature to ever possess flying abilities. Limited mintage to 10.000 pieces worldwide!

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Quetzacoatlus was the largest pterosaur that ever lived; in fact, this airplane-sized reptile was the largest animal ever to take to the skies, period (if, in fact, it was capable of flying in the first place!) On the following slides, you'll discover 10 facts that you may (or may not) have known about this "feathered serpent god" of the Cretaceous period. Although its exact proportions are still a matter of dispute, there's no doubt that Quetzalcoatlus had an enormous wingspan, exceeding 30 feet from tip to tip and possibly attaining breadths of up to 40 feet--about the size of a small private jet. By way of comparison, the largest flying bird alive today, the Andean Condor, has a wingspan of only 10 feet and weighs an order of magnitude less. The enormous size of Quetzalcoatlus poses some serious issues, not least of which is how it launched itself into flight (if it flew at all, of course). One analysis suggests that this pterosaur vaulted itself into the air using its heavily muscled front legs, and only secondarily employed its long, spindly hind limbs. There's also a compelling case to be made that Quetzalcoatlus liked to launch itself over the edge of steep cliffs!

  • CountryCanada
  • Year2016
  • Face Value10 Dollars
  • MetalSilver
  • Fineness (purity)999/1000
  • Weight (g)15.87
  • Diameter (mm)34
  • QualityProof
  • Mintage (pcs)10.000
  • Certificate (COA)Yes
  • Presentation case (box)Yes
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The reverse design by Canadian artist Dino Pulera features an intricately engraved rendition of how a Quetzalcoatlus likely appeared, and was reviewed for scientific accuracy by palaeontologist at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology. The use of selective colour brings this long-gone species to life in incredible detail; soaring with only an occasional flap of its enormous wings, the terrifyingly large reptile keeps one wing bent towards the viewer while the left wing is outstretched. Its long, pointed beak is open wide, releasing a cry into the wind as it prepares to swoop down to find prey. The coin’s own silver surface recreates radiant rays of bright sunlight peeking through the clouds above the distant mountains, which convey how high the plane-sized creature would soar above the conifer forest below.