The World’s Luckiest Christmas Pudding
18 Dec 2013
The Royal Mint has today revealed the world’s most traditional Christmas pudding, worth £12,000, made in collaboration with renowned celebrity baker Jane Asher. Jane Asher was commissioned exclusively by The Royal Mint to create the lavish pudding, based on a 200 year old secret family recipe, which includes 35 rare gold and silver coins, alongside traditional ingredients such as festive spices, dried fruits and whole blanched almonds.
The pudding, which is available for one fortunate customer to purchase from The Royal Mint’s website feeds approximately thirty people* and will be delivered in time to impress the most distinguished of dinner guests on Christmas Day.** In a luxurious twist to the Christmas pudding tradition, five 2013 Gold Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Sovereign coins from The Royal Mint – each worth £1,900 – have been placed inside the designer dessert. As a result, five lucky people will find a real treat to treasure forever when they’re tucking into their festive portion of pudding on Christmas Day. It’s also decorated with thirty of The Royal Mint’s Silver Sixpences dated from 1920 to 1946, so everyone around the table can share the luck and prosperity in the coming year.
Shane Bissett, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said:
“The inclusion of a silver sixpence in Christmas puddings is a long-standing tradition, which is an integral part of Christmas for many families in the UK. We hear of some families who have used the same Christmas sixpence for as long as they can remember.
“Traditionally, a silver sixpence was stirred into the Christmas pudding mixture and it would bring the finder wealth and good luck in the year to come. In many households, everyone in the family would stir the Christmas pudding mixture and make a wish before the cook added the silver sixpence to the mix.
“This year we wanted to celebrate this wonderful custom, as well as taking it one step further by including five 2013 Gold Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Sovereign coins and thirty Silver Sixpences, solving the age old conundrum of who will find the lucky sixpence. We hope this makes it a very happy Christmas for one household, as well as encouraging people across the UK to continue the tradition of including a silver sixpence in their celebrations.”
The silver sixpence tradition continues to this day, and Christmas Silver Sixpences struck between 1920 and 1946 are available to purchase on The Royal Mint’s website at a cost of £20. Presented in a red box with personalised card, they make an ideal Christmas gift. The 2013 Gold Brilliant Uncirculated £5 Sovereign coins contained in the pudding were created by The Royal Mint earlier this year, and feature a classic George and the dragon design. The coins have been recognised globally as a symbol of uncompromising standards and minting excellence and – with only 750 available – are highly collectible coins available to purchase on The Royal Mint’s website at a cost of £1,900.