In the two years prior to his creation of ‘The Snowman,’ author and illustrator Raymond Briggs had been ‘buried amongst muck, slime, and words’ while writing ‘Fungus the Bogeyman.’ In efforts to try something new, his subsequent book was full of clean, bright colours, and was entirely wordless. The result was ‘The Snowman’ a beautiful and bittersweet tale of a young boy, James, whose snowman comes to life at midnight. They have a night of adventures, eating a feast and flying over the South Downs, before morning comes and the snowman has melted. In 1982, the book was adapted into an animated television film which has been a winter staple ever since. In 2018 and 2019, The Royal Mint released two charming Snowman designs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the story. A third instalment was issued in 2020, featuring a heartwarming design by artist Robin Shaw. This gold proof version, one of only 285 issued, features the Snowman, in a green hat, smiling while he hugs James tightly. Snow falls around them. On the obverse to this design, is Jody Clark’s 2015 portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the fifth official portrait used on UK coinage. This collectable coin is struck in 22 carat gold and finished to proof quality. With a weight of 15.50 grams, this Fifty Pence has a precious metal content of 14.21 grams and a diameter of 27.30 milimetres. It comes in the original packaging from The Royal Mint, including the certificate of authenticity.
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Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2020 · 50 PENCE'.
Design by Robin Shaw of The Snowman hugging the little boy, James, from the story. The snowman has his iconic hat on, and snowflakes are falling around them.
15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. Diameter 27.30 millimetres. Face value 50p / Fifty Pence.
One of just 285 in this format. Offered in its original presentation and packaging with certificate of authenticity.
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Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
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Proof - Boxed with certificate of authenticity
2020 The Snowman 50 Pence Piece
Face value: Fifty Pence
285 pieces issued in this limited edition
Celebrates the work of Raymond Briggs and his 'Snowman' tales, the third in a series of Snowman designs
Obverse features fifth official effigy of The Queen
Reverse shows the Snowman and James hugging, by Robin Shaw
Struck in 15.50 grams of 22 Carat Gold
Precious metal content: 14.21 grams
Diameter: 27.30 millimetres
Finished to proof standard
Presented in original box with certificate of authenticity
Steeped in more than 1,100 years of history, The Royal Mint supplies all of the United Kingdom's coinage as well as currency for nations around the world. Renown for craftsmanship and thoughtful design, The Royal Mint also produces commemorative coins, favoured by investors and collectors.
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Founded in the reign of Alfred the Great, around the year 886, The Royal Mint was originally one of several mints which were centralised to London in 1279. For more than 800 years the Mint was based at the Tower of London before moving to Royal Mint Court where it remained until the 1960s.
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