2019 30 Years of Wallace and Gromit Brilliant Uncirculated 50p with Bespoke Packaging
Wallace and Gromit first landed on our screens in 1989’s A Grand Day Out. To celebrate 30 cracking years of the much loved Claymation franchise, the Royal Mint collaborated with the duo’s creator, Nick Park to offer a commemorative UK 50p coin in 2019. This example, complete with its original bespoke packaging, should appeal to fans of the beloved series and new coin collectors alike.
This is a brilliant uncirculated quality commemorative coin. It has never been in circulation and retains the original mint lustre. You’ll find no scratches or blemishes on this shining piece. Also included is the original, pristine condition presentation packaging provided with issue from the Royal Mint.
Out of this world detail
The reverse depicts cheese-loving inventor, Wallace, and his dog Gromit, peering from the porthole of their lunar rocket. The Academy Award nominated film, A Grand Day Out, sees the duo travelling to the moon in search of cheese and their favourite snack is not forgotten in this creative design. The coin’s Latin inscription ‘CASEUS PRAESTANS’ translates to ‘cracking cheese’, a nod to Wallace’s memorable catch phrase. The obverse features the fifth portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark.
Bespoke presentation packaging
This example comes complete with its original, 3-D packaging, designed to be assembled by the owner. When constructed, the cardboard wrapper becomes a display stand with the coin appearing as the window of a rocket ship, reminiscent of that featured in the original stop-motion animation.
A Grand Day Out
After running out of cheese, Wallace and Gromit must travel to the moon to satisfy their cravings. After a few mishaps, the duo’s homemade rocket makes a successful lunar landing. But their well-deserved picnic of moon cheese is interrupted by a strange machine who is annoyed by their disruptive habits. Wallace and Gromit escape the ‘Cooker’ who is distracted by Wallace’s ski brochure. Alone again on the moon’s surface, the Cooker discovers that lunar skiing is a fun as it looks.
The film premiered on 4 October 1989 before being broadcast on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve 1990. In 1991 A Grand Day Out was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
Wallace and Gromit
Created by Nick Park of Aardman Animations, the plasticine duo have become a mainstay on our TV screens over the last three decades. Inventor and cheese-lover, Wallace, and his silent yet clever companion, Gromit, have become international symbols of British culture. Their stop-motion animated hijinks have netted them over 100 awards including 5 BAFTAs. The much loved pair have featured in four short films, one full-length feature and several spin off shows as well as on Royal Mail stamps and a Blackpool Pleasure Beach ride. They are also the face of two charities, raising money for sick children.
Royal Mint TV & Film Series
The Royal Mint’s Film and TV series has featured some of the best loved characters from the British screen. These commemorative coins combine the craftsmanship, heritage and quality associated with Royal Mint coinage with national icons and innovative design to create unique, limited edition collectors pieces. Other series featured include James Bond, Paddington and Game of Thrones.