The Royal Mint have released a series of special edition 50ps inspired by the Christmas classic The Snowman.
The coins, which will not enter circulation, are being released to mark the 40th anniversary of the book’s release.
Created by illustrator and author Raymond Briggs the classic tale – about a snowman who comes to life – was first published in 1978.
The Snowman was then famously adapted into a twenty-six-minute animated television special which aired on December 26, 1982, on Channel 4.
With the TV special featuring the famous song Walking In The Air – which is now a Christmas staple.
The coin will feature the iconic moment the Snowman and the boy flying through the air.
It has been modelled by Robin Shaw, Assistant Director of The Snowman and the Snowdog – the 2012 sequel to The Snowman.
On the coin the boy and the snowman soar through the night sky together above the twinkling lights of Brighton Pier.
And it could be the perfect Christmas gift to give to a loved one this year.
There will be three separate coins available for purchase, including:
- Uncirculated 50p – which is a like a traditional silver coin – it will cost £10
- Silver proof 50p – featuring colour printing and limited to just 15,000 coins – and will set you back £60.
- Gold Proof Coin – limited to just 400 coins, it is not yet available for purchase – the cost has not been revealed but the similar Paddington Bear coins cost £780, so could be around this price mark.
The Royal Mint says on its website: ‘On a cold winter’s night a snowman comes to life and befriends the little boy who built him.
‘After exploring the boy’s house together and sharing a candlelit feast, the pair fly across the frozen countryside, before racing home to beat the dawn, but wonder turns to sadness.
‘The next morning, the boy wakes to find his snowman has melted.
‘As the story of The Snowman turns 40, The Royal Mint is excited to present this commemorative coin struck especially for the occasion.'
The coins are available on the Royal Mint’s website – by clicking this link here