United Kingdom 50 pence 2021 – Mary Anning’s fossil discoveries

New CuNi commemoratives in normal and coloured editions:
"Second coin collection of the Tales of the Earth series: Mary Anning"
The Royal Mint, in collaboration with the Natural History Museum has launched a new commemorative coin collection celebrating fossil hunter and pioneering palaeontologist Mary Anning.
Mary Anning was born in Lyme Regis, Dorset, in 1799 and spent her entire life in this small seaside town on England’s south coast. Anning’s father Richard had a large family to support and, in order to supplement his modest income as a carpenter, he set up a curiosity table outside their home selling fossils to tourists. It was at this point that she developed an interest in helping her father and amongst the curiosities they discovered were ‘snake stones’ (ammonites), ‘devil fingers’ (belemites) and ‘verteberries’ (vertebrae). Aged only 12 or 13, Anning made her first discovery, an articulated skeleton of an ichthyosaur, a type of marine reptile that once roamed Jurassic seas. From this point forward Anning made a number of astonishing discoveries making her the greatest fossil hunter of the Victorian era.
United Kingdom 50 pence 2021 - Mary Anning's fossil discoveries
TECHNICAL DATA
Composition: copper-nickel
Diameter: 27.30 mm
Weight: 8.00 g
Mint: The Royal Mint
Mintage: unlimited (normal bu) / 50.000 (coloured bu)
Design: Robert Nicholls and Jody Clark
Silver proof coins are available also in normal and coloured editions:
TECHNICAL DATA
Composition: silver .925
Diameter: 27.30 mm
Weight: 8.00 g
Mintage: 3.000 (normal) / 7.000 (coloured)
And finally, gold proof coins are available too:
United Kingdom 50 pence 2021 - Mary Anning's fossil discoveries - gold
TECHNICAL DATA
Composition: gold .9167
Diameter: 27.30 mm
Weight: 15.50 g
Mintage: 250
(images and data provided by The Royal Mint Press Office)
LINK: The Royal Mint
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