Canada to introduce glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin
blog by S.J. Velasquez • April 10, 2012 @ 10:22am
In what may sound like a loonie move—goodness, I crack myself up—Canada will introduce a brand new quarter featuring a dinosaur, and it glows in the dark.
Just a few weeks back, Canadian officials announced the departure of the penny in an effort to save the country some cash.
On Monday, the new Pachyrhinosaurus lakustai quarter will make its debut. That particular dinosaur is near and dear to Canadian hearts, especially because remains of the dino were discovered in Alberta in 1974, Alberta’s Daily Herald Tribune reports.
Al Lakusta, the person resposible for discovering the dinosaur back in the ‘70s, told the paper that he’s surprised and excited by the Royal Canadian Mint’s decision to put this animal—which is named after Lakusta—on the quarter coin. Even more surprising? The coin’s glow-in-the-dark function.
“If you take it in a dark room all of the sudden this skeleton starts to glow,” Lakusta told the paper.
Now, don’t expect to see discarded dino-donning quarters scattered throughout the Walden Galleria parking lot amid bags of dumped sweatsuits. These new 25-cent pieces actually cost a pretty penny—which is funny considering Canada just kissed pennies goodbye. The new glow-in-the-dark dinosaur quarter costs $29.95 CAD on the Royal Canadian Mint website.
Also, at this time, I’d like to thank Canada for Ryan Gosling, patron saint of Southern Ontario.