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New Canadian coin features the incredibly badass Quetzalcoatlus — and it glows in the dark

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As part of its 'Prehistoric Creatures' series, the Royal Canadian Mint is releasing a super neat new quarter featuring the awkwardly majestic Quetzalcoatlus — a pterosaur that lived during the Late Cretaceous of North America about 65 million years ago. A particularly cool feature of the coin is that it glows in the dark; when the lights are out, the intricate skeletal outline of the winged beast can be seen.

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With a design approved by the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology, the coin will be limited to 30,000 units, but they'll be issued worldwide. Each coin costs $30 (that's a rather expensive quarter), and there's a three-coin-limit per household. According to the mint, the coin should be placed under a light for about a minute, and then brought into the dark (pretty standard stuff for glow-in-the-dark).

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This is the second coin of the series, with the first one featuring a Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai.

Technically speaking, the Quetzalcoatlus is not a dinosaur, but it is considered one the largest flying animals to ever appear on this planet. Specimens have been found with wingspans extending 52.2 feet (15.9 meters) in length.

H/t x929.

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DISCUSSION

I've always been curious: Why do specialized collectors coins like these have face values? I mean, maybe this is a version of the actual Canadian quarter (tough to know without seeing the other side) in which case it makes sense, but there've been others that have nothing to do with any existing coin and yet cost, say, $30 for a quarter.

Just to be clear, I'm not saying they should sell these for a quarter and they are obviously SUPER cool, it just seems funny to design something specifically to sell for much higher than the item itself says it's worth.