If you think 50 pence coins have lost their value, the Royal Mint will make you believe otherwise. They have released 50p coins with a design from the movie The Snowman etched on the front. Fans of the film will remember that these coins were first released last year, to celebrate 40 years since the release of Raymond Briggs’ novel of the same name.
But these 50p coins actually cost a lot more than 50p. You can get the uncirculated form for £10, or splurge £65 on a silver proof coin. But the real treat is the gold proof coin, which you will have to shell out £980 for.
The coins aren’t too expensive right now, but experts expect their prices to go up due to the rarity value. There are only there are 25,000 silver proof coins this year and 600 gold ones. The number of standard uncirculated ones are not certain.
These, and last years’ coins were created by designer Robin Shaw, who has been associated with this tale and the writer since long. As a child, Shaw was fascinated with The Snowman and always wanted to create visuals for this story. Here’s to childhood dreams coming true. He also illustrated a retelling by children’s writer Michael Morpurgo. We hear that he created some more beautiful graphics, just for the packaging of the coins.
If you really want to get your hands on these coins before they disappear, visit the Royal Mint’s website.