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2018 The Snowman 40th Anniversary 50p Gold Proof

UK18SMGA 2018 The Snowman 50p Gold Proof Boxed
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The Royal Mint released a series of special commemorative 50p pieces to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs' festive and emotive tale, The Snowman. Briggs' story was never intended to be the Christmas phenomenon it became. The tale follows a young boy's snowman who comes to life and takes him on a memorable nighttime adventure. The next morning, the boy wakes to find the snowman has sadly melted. Conceived to introduce children to the concept of mortality, it has become a Christmas favourite. This is thanks to a Santa Claus scene in the Boxing Day 1982 television adaptation for Channel 4. The film is scored to 'Walking in the Air' performed by child tenor soloist, Peter Auty, which was later covered by fifteen-year-old Aled Jones in 1985. The Snowman has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 15 languages. This Gold Proof coin is the perfect Christmas gift for the nostalgic collector rediscovering this childhood classic. It features, on the obverse, an illustration from Snowman Enterprises of the snowman flying across the sea holding tight to James' hand, there are snowflakes all around them and a pier can be seen stretching into the sea. It is a peaceful and comforting design, fitting with the original story. It comes in the original packaging from The Royal Mint, including an acrylic display case which allows you to view both sides of the coin without handling it. The obverse features Jody Clark's official portrait of The Queen, a design introduced in 2015 as the fifth effigy. One of only 400 in this format, this 50p is struck in 22 carat gold and finished to proof standard - a quality much higher and more detailed than circulating coins. It has a diameter of 27.30 millimetres and weighs 15.50 grams with a precious metal content of 14.21 grams.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2019 · 50 PENCE'.

Reverse

Design by Natasha Radcliffe of The Snowman flying over the sea while holding James' hand. Snowflakes are around them and a pier is visible beneath. 

Specification

15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. Diameter 27.30 millimetres. Face value 50p / Fifty Pence.

Presentation

Offered in its original presentation and packaging with certificate of authenticity. One of just 400 in this format.

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