2016 $20 Tyrannosaurus Rex Silver Coin for $20

by CoinNews.net on January 5, 2016 · 6 comments

The Royal Canadian Mint opened ordering for the 2016 $20 Tyrannosaurus Rex Silver Coin, the latest issue from its popular series of 99.99% pure silver coins that sell at their legal tender face values.

Canadian 2016 $20 Tyrannosaurus Rex Silver Coin

Canadian 2016 $20 Tyrannosaurus Rex Silver Coin for $20

This one should be another hit, especially with youngsters. Known as the king of dinosaurs, the enormous T-Rex is recognized around the world. Fossilized reconstructions make them a centerpiece in museums and imposing CGI recreations have made them stars in films such as Jurassic Park.

The T-Rex coin marks the 19th issued in the product series that launched in 2011. All but the most recent coins have sold out.

Silver Coins in $20 for $20 Series Mintage Sales Release
2011 $20 for $20 Maple Leaf Silver Coin 200,000 Sold Out Feb 2011
2011 $20 for $20 Canoe Silver Coin 250,000 Oct 2011
2012 $20 for $20 Polar Bear Silver Coin 250,000 Feb 2012
2012 $20 for $20 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Coin 250,000 May 2012
2012 $20 for $20 Farewell to the Penny Silver Coin 250,000 Aug2012
2012 $20 for $20 Magical Reindeer Silver Coin 250,000 Sept 2012
2013 $20 for $20 Hockey Silver Coin 250,000 Jan 2013
2013 $20 for $20 Wolf Silver Coin 250,000 March 2013
2013 $20 for $20 Silver Iceberg Silver Coin 225,000 July 2013
2013 $20 for $20 Santa Silver Coin 225,000 Oct2013
2014 $20 for $20 Canadian Goose Silver Coin 225,000 Jan2014
2014 $20 for $20 Bobcat Silver Coin 225,000 Feb2014
2014 $20 for $20 Summertime Silver Coin 200,000 May 2014
2014 $20 for $20 Snowman Silver Coin 200,000 Oct 2014
2015 $20 for $20 FIFA Women’s World Cup Silver Coin 200,000 85% March 2015
2015 $20 for $20 Bugs Bunny Silver Coin 350,000 77% May 2015
2015 $20 for $20 Superman Silver Coin 350,000 Unknown Aug 2015
2015 $20 for $20 Gingerbread Man Silver Coin 200,000 80% Oct2015
2015 $20 for $20 Tyrannosaurus Rex Silver Coin 300,000 Jan 2016


Two more $20 for $20 silver coins are scheduled for 2016 with the $20 Batman v Superman™ Coin coming in February and a third design, yet to be announced, arriving in May. In December, the Royal Canadian Mint started accepting subscription orders for this year’s coins. Subscribers have already received shipping confirmations for their T-Rex coin.

Coin Designs and Specifications

Designed by Julius Csotonyi, the reverse or tails side of the coin shows the tyrant lizard king charging with opened jaw and jutting teeth. Inscriptions around the design read: CANADA 2016, FINE SILVER 9999 ARGENT PUR and 20 DOLLARS.


Susanna Blunt’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse or heads side. The likeness of the Queen is surrounded by ELIZABETH II and D G REGINA.

Coin specifications as provided by the Royal Canadian Mint include:

  • Mintage: 300,000
  • Composition: fine silver (99.99% pure)
  • Finish: specimen
  • Weight (g): 7.96
  • Diameter (mm): 27
  • Edge: serrated
  • Certificate: not serialized
  • Face value: 20 dollars

The coin’s weight and purity account for slightly more than one-quarter troy ounce of silver (0.255919943 ounces).

Each coin is placed inside a protective clear pouch that is attached to an illustrated display card complete with specifications and a certificate of authenticity. The card features an image of a T-Rex in what would have been its natural setting.


Limited to 300,000, the 2016 $20 Tyrannosaurus Rex Silver Coin is available from the Royal Canadian Mint at mint.ca. The following affiliate link goes to the Mint’s $20 for $20 pageicon where the coin is listed as well as the previously mentioned subscription option. There is a household ordering limit of 5 coins. The Mint ships them free and does not charge taxes.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

chris January 5, 2016 at 3:42 pm

This story in the US coins section ?

Seth Riesling January 5, 2016 at 4:04 pm

chris –

Do you feel lost? This is the ugliest design in the RCM’s $20 for $20 silver coin program since it started in 2011 ! I have a number of them, but this atrocity will not be one. The view is off balance severely on this design. This coin design will cause kids to have nightmares! BOO ! Lol.
Good luck Chris!


chris January 5, 2016 at 7:19 pm

The real loss is $20 for $3.5 of silver – Not stomping away from my wallet. I actually do not own any of this series.

Seth Riesling January 5, 2016 at 9:07 pm

chris –

I completely understand your position on this coin series, but the silver coins at face value from the RCM is their most popular coin series. Otherwise, they wouldn’t have sold out relatively quickly in all denominations & designs since 2011. I am a collector, not an investor per se & only purchase U.S. & foreign coins both old & new with designs that I find attractive. These RCM coins are the only ones available at face value with free FedEx shipping & no tax! And if the U.S. ecomomy goes downhiill again I can always spend them on my annual trip to Toronto, Ontario Canada & I have lost nothing. How much have you paid for a bullion version silver American Eagle $1 coin from a U.S. Mint Authorized Purchaser? They are as common as dirt (47 million sold last year) & you cannot even purchase then directly from the Mint. Do you like going through a middleman with high markups plus shipping & handling charges for such U.S. coins? To each his own. Good luck in your numismatic pursuits. Have fun with your coins Chris (Huang Chung)!


Joe January 6, 2016 at 3:47 pm

Admittedly in the past I’ve never been a big fan of these coins. But I’m in on the Batman V Superman in February. Highly collectible.

Seth Riesling January 6, 2016 at 8:24 pm

Joe –

You got it totally right! I got the household limit on the 2015 Superman $20 for $20 silver coin from the Royal Canadian Mint (RCM) because the design was fantastic & as you say a very popular subject matter. I can’t wait to receive the $20 for $20 Batman vs. Superman coins in February since it has two superheroes on it & as you said will be highly sought after (by coin collectors & comic book aficionados too)!
Happy collecting Joe!


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