AWARD WON BY CANADIAN MINT FOR GLOW IN THE DARK FEATURE
Not only Toronto’s major Rob Ford is placing Canada’s name in the global news these days. The Royal Canadian Mint’s glow-in-the-dark quarter, featuring a dinosaur, has won the most innovative coin of the year award and become a “global phenomenon” since it was released in March 2012, the Mint said in a release Tuesday.
The coins features a Pachyrhinosaurus Lakustai, a new species of dinosaur discovered from a fossil found in Alberta, but once in the dark, a glowing skeleton becomes visible.
The Mint said this was the first photo-luminescent coin in the world and that subsequent releases in this “glow-in-the-dark” series have all rapidly sold out.
The award is presented by Krause Publications, a Wisconsin-based media company dedicated to collectibles. An international panel of medallists, journalists, and central bank and museum officials judges the annual competition.