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Bone Wars Geocoin - Bronze
The Bone Wars - also known as the Great Dinosaur Rush - was a period of rivalry between two wealthy scientists. Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh had started out as friends, both sharing a love for science and paleontology. Unfortunately, their relationship turned sour when Marsh pointed out one of Cope's errors.
In 1869, Cope hurried to publish a new species of plesiosaur that had been shipped to his office from Kansas. He dubbed the new creature Elasmosaurus platyurus, but in constructing his new specimen, he made the mistake of placing the dinosaur's head on the end of its tail. While visiting Cope, Marsh pointed out this error, resulting in a sharp exchange of words. They decided to have Joseph Leidy verify the accusation, which turned out to be true. After the whole ordeal, Marsh commented that Cope had been his bitter enemy since that day.
The new Bone Wars Geocoin has a 3-D front in black nickel, with a polished nickel velociraptor breaking free of the coin! On the back of the coin features the skeleton of a tyrannosaurus rex, the king of dinosaurs, in glow-in-the-dark enamel. Underneath him lies many scattered bones and skeletons of other dinosaurs under two different color translucents.
Size: 45 mm
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