Canadian Vending

Mint’s glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin wins award

November 29, 2013
By Administrator

Nov. 29, 2013, Ottawa – The Royal Canadian Mint’s 2012 25-cent glow-in-the-dark prehistoric animals collector coin won the Krause Publications 2014 Coin of the Year award in the most innovative coin category.

Based on the discovery of a new species of dinosaur from a fossil found in the province of Alberta, a painted image of a living Pachyrhinosaurus Lakustai on a cupronickel coin disguised the skeleton of this prehistoric animal, which brightly glowed only once the coin was placed in darkness. Subsequent releases in this "glow-in-the-dark" series have all sold out, according to the Royal Canadian Mint’s release.

"The mint is committed to finding new ways to innovate in all aspects of our business to benefit its Canadian and worldwide customers and to maintain our commercial success in a highly competitive environment," said Ian Bennett, president and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint, in a press release. "By recognizing our unique glow-in-the-dark colouring technology as the best coin innovation of 2012, this coin of the year award elevates our reputation as a world leader in advancing the art and science of coin manufacturing."


The mint will be formally recognized at the World Money Fair in Berlin, Germany on Feb. 8, 2014. The mint was also received nominations in the following categories: most historically significant coin, best gold coin, best silver coin, best crown coin, best circulation coin, best bi-metallic coin, and most inspirational coinage.

 The annual coin of the year competition receives nominations from an international consortium of mint representatives and numismatists. An international panel of mint officials, medalists, journalists, central bank and museum officials conducted the judging.