The Fossil Medal Collection

These stunning large dinosaur medallions belong to the Society of Medalists' prestigious Fossil Collection. World renowned sculptor Don Everhart created each of these six exquisite pieces — Tyrannosaurus Rex, Deinonychus, Diplodocus, Pteranodon, Stegosaurus, and Styrachosaurus. The Society of Medalist series of medals are released in limited quantities and are treasured for their extraordinary detail and breathtaking artistry.

Deinonychus

Early Cretaceous, North America

This small 10-11 foot long, 150 pound predator, Deinonychus, contributed to the current widespread belief that dinosaurs were warm-blooded. One remarkable feature about this dinosaur was the large (5 inch long) curved second toe or “terrible claw”. This claw was held in a raised position during running so it wouldn’t be damaged and was used by the animal to slash its prey.

Diplodocus

Late Jurassic, North America

Diplodocus was a huge sauropod. At 85 feet long, it was the longest dinosaur unearthed to date. It was characterized by an extremely long neck and a whiplash tail, with a tiny head mounted on the end of a slender neck. These animals were herding and browsing creatures, as indicated by fossil foot-prints found in the mud. We can surmise by the long necks of these creatures that they were for forage higher up in the trees where other dinosaurs could not.

Pteranodon

Late Cretaceous, North America

Not really a dinosaur, Pteranodon was a flying prehistoric reptile. With a wingspan of about 23 feet, it was an impressive sight as it soared above rocky cliffs 70 to 115 million years ago. Many fossils of these flying reptiles have been found within the USA where, at the time they lived, was a vast inland sea. Paleonologists have speculated a lot about how the animal moved around on land, or even whether it did.

Stegosaurus

Late Jurassic, North America

Among the most popular of the dinosaurs, Stegosaurus' image is firmly implanted in any child who ever contemplated dinosaurs in his or her youth. The most distinguishing feature of Stegosaurus is the double row of large triangularly-shaped plates down the back, ending with two pairs of long spikes on the tail. The purpose of these plates has been debated for years.

Styrachosaurus

Late Cretaceous, North America

Styrachosaurus, which means "spiked reptile", was a ceratopsian dinosaur that lived about 65-144 million years ago. It was about 20 feet long, stood ten feet high and is characterized by having a massive head with a short frill around it. This frill was decorated with large protuding spikes and its nose also had a large protuding horn.

Tyrannosaurus Rex

Late Cretaceous, North America

Undoubtedly the most well known and awe inspiring dinosaur of them all was Tyrannosaurus rex, a 48 foot long carnosaur. With his massive head, powerful jaws and 7 inch backward pointing serrated teeth, he certainly must have struck fear into the hearts of those dinosaurs unfortunate enough to be in his presence 65-70 million years ago. The tail was probably held rigidly and served as a counterbalance when running.

Sculpted by Don Everhart

This collection was sculpted by Don Everhart, all for the Fossil Collection of the Society of Medalists. Don has been recognized for his artistry and leadership, and served as the President of the American Medallic Sculpture Association for the term 1992-1994. He began his artisitic careeer as an illustrator, then worked as a Sculptor-in-Residence at the Franklin Mint. In 1980 he established his own studio and he has been elected as a Sculptor Member of the prestigious National Sculpture Society.

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