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2020 The Snowman Fifty Pence Gold Proof Coin

UK20SMGP 2020 The Snowman 50p Gold Proof Boxed
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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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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Jody Clark. Fifth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 2020 · 50 PENCE'.

Reverse

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. 

Specification

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

Presentation

One of just 285 in this format. Offered in its original presentation and packaging with certificate of authenticity.

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