The second coin in the Royal Canadian Mint's exciting new series featuring portraits of prehistoric animals discovered in Canada. The reverse image features an interpretation of what the Nova Scotian ornithischian (a small, bird-hipped dinosaur) may have looked like if similar to Scutellosaurus. Translated as "little shield lizard," Scutellosaurus was named by American palaeontologist Edwin H. Colbert in 1981. Viewed from its left side, Scutellosaurus shows rows of hundreds of armoured "scutes" that cover the entire upper portion of its body, from the back of its head to the tip of its exceptionally long tail. Its narrow head turns toward the centre of the image, facing the viewer with its right eye. Its short but muscular forelimbs suggest that it was only bipedal part of the time, at other times resting or walking on all fours. Long, lithe hind limbs end in large three-toed claws while its long narrow tail - possibly used as a counterweight to its heavily armoured body as well as a counterbalance for feeding and moving on its hind feet - curls out into the background in a graceful curve.