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2008 Isle Of Man The Snowman And James Christmas Fifty Pence Diamond Finish Coin

2008 Isle Of Man Snowman And James Christmas Fifty Pence Diamond Finish Coin
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£750.00
Extremely scarce uncoloured Snowman and James Isle of Man 50p issued in 2008. This sought-after collectable coin is a new edition of a rare Christmas-themed design first issued in 2003, inspired by Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, first published in 1978. The magical tale of a young boy’s snowman coming to life was adapted into a short animated film in 1982 which has become a mainstay of British festive TV schedules. The 2003 Snowman and James coin was the first in a popular series, produced in partnership with Pobjoy Mint, to mark the 25th anniversary of the original story book. This 2008 coin, struck for the 30th anniversary, recreates the 2003 design showing James and his snowy companion ready to take to the air in front of some seasonal fir trees. The denomination appears below with the word ‘CHRISTMAS’ above. The letters ‘PM’ to the base of the design are a nod to the manufacturer. The obverse shows Ian Rank-Broadley’s definitive coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, used across UK and Commonwealth coinage. This ‘diamond finish’ coin, struck on polished blanks, comes in its original presentation packaging which consists of a clear coin capsule, built into a card Christmas decoration in the shape of The Snowman, complete with a silver string, ready to hang from the tree.
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Obverse

Right-facing portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by British artist Ian Rank-Broadley. Fourth definitive coin portrait of Her Majesty used on UK and Crown Dependency currency. Legend reads 'ISLE OF MAN · ELIZABETH II' with date - 2008 - below and triskelion stops.

Reverse

Snowman and James in his dressing gown in front of fir trees. 'CHRISTMAS' above and 'The Snowman and James' to either side. '50' below with tiny 'PM' for Pobjoy Mint, the manufacturer. No die letters.

Specification

Isle of Man 50p coin struck in cupronickel, similar to coins found in change. Diameter: 27.30 millimetres. Weight: 8.00 grams. Face value: 50p / Fifty Pence. Same specifications as a UK 50p. Diamond finish, made using polished blanks.

Presentation

A rare and hard-to-find piece. This coin comes inside a clear capsule, built into card packaging that can be hung as a Christmas tree decoration. There is a Pobjoy Mint Ltd logo to the back.

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