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The Royal Canadian Mint's "glow in the dark" prehistoric animal series coins have been some of the most popular and sought after coins issues in the past several years. Earlier coins sold out immediately and some have appreciated significantly in the secondary market. This newest coin features the Tiktallik Roseae. This large format cupronickel coin features a rendition of what the Tiktaalik may have looked like using a Photo-Luminescent Element. Removed from natural light, the glow-in-the-dark image is transformed into an intricate skeleton. The reverse is engraved with the word "CANADA," the date "2014," and the face value of "25 CENTS."
The Tiktallik dates from a period sometimes referred to as "the age of fish", dating from about 420 million years ago to 360 million years ago. The species was discovered in 2004 on Ellesmere Island, Nunavut. The Tiktallik is an important discovery in understanding evolution. While still living in the water, the Tiktallik was gaining structures that could allow it to support itself on solid ground and breathe air, a key intermediate step in the transformation of the skull that accompanied the shift to life on land by our distant ancestors.
Tiktaalik generally had the characteristics of a lobe-finned fish, but with front fins featuring arm-like skeletal structures more like that of the crocodile. It had rows of sharp teeth like that of a predator fish, and its neck could move independently of its body, which is not common in other fish. The animal had a flat skull resembling a crocodile's; eyes on top of its head, suggesting that it spent a lot of time looking up; a neck and ribs similar to those of tetrapods. The Tiktaalik jaw was well developed and suitable for catching prey; and a small gill slit called a spiracle that, in more derived animals, became an ear.
• Mintage: 30,000
• 2014 "Tiktaalik" Large Format Glow in the Dark 25 Cent Prehistoric Animals Coin