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  • Jenni Falconer reveals that the iconic Little Miss Sunshine bedtime story is a firm favourite in line with the launch of the final collectable coin in the ‘Mr. Men Little Miss series’ by The Royal Mint.
  • The coin, available to purchase on May 4th from The Royal Mint, has been exclusively designed by Adam Hargreaves in celebration of the characters 50th anniversary

TV and radio presenter Jenni Falconer has today unveiled the final coin in The Royal Mint’s Mr. Men Little Miss collection - revealing that the loveable characters are her children’s favourite bedtime story.

To celebrate the launch of the final design in the collection, The Royal Mint worked with avid coin collector, Jenni Falconer, to unveil vibrant ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ on a £5 coin. Jenni also revealed that the book, first introduced in 1981, is a firm favourite in the Falconer household.

Jenni Falconer said, “The Mr. Men Little Miss books are perfect for bedtime reading, and Little Miss Sunshine is a true classic! It is definitely our current favourite. We are so excited to be able to complete our Mr. Men Little Miss coin collection with Little Miss Sunshine.

“Collecting coins is such a fun family hobby, and the Mr Men and Little Miss designs will be treasured for years to come. I love seeing the coin and the book side by side as it really brings the character of Little Miss Sunshine to life.”

The Royal Mint launched the ‘Mr. Men Little Miss’ collection earlier this year to mark the 50th anniversary of Roger Hargreaves’ loveable characters. Each coin was designed by Adam Hargreaves, and other coins in the collection feature Mr Strong, Little Miss Giggles and Mr Happy. 

Little Miss Happy has been recreated on a £5 coin in vibrant yellow, thanks to new technology at The Royal Mint. The coins are available as gold and silver Proof editions, as well as Brilliant Uncirculated editions.

Commenting on the launch, Clare MacLennan, Divisional Director for Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said, “We’re pleased to announce the final coin within our Mr. Men Little Miss series which showcases Little Miss Sunshine. We’re honoured to have Jenni Falconer on board for this project to remind parents and children of their love for the Mr. Men Little Miss characters. 

“The success of the range has proven that collecting coins remains a popular hobby, and we’re delighted to continue making such vibrant designs to inspire future generations of collectors.”

Now entering its fifth decade, the Mr. Men Little Miss collection is still as popular as it was when it first began in 1971. Left in the capable hands of Adam Hargreaves, son of creator Roger Hargreaves and designer of the Mr. Men Little Miss coin collection at The Royal Mint, the brands legacy continues to captivate a new generation of fans with each passing era. The longevity of the book series makes these quirky little characters just as familiar to adults.

The third coin in the series featuring Little Miss Sunshine is available exclusively via The Royal Mint. Visit: www.royalmint.com/mrmen to view the full commemorative coin range. The coin will not be entering general circulation.

 Mr. Men Little Miss - Mr Happy

Mr. Men Little Miss - Mr Happy

Celebrate 50 years of Mr. Men Little Miss with our wonderful range of commemorative coins and gifts dedicated to Roger Hargreaves’ loveable cast of colourful characters.

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Coin title

Little Miss Sunshine – The 50th Anniversary of Mr. Men Little Miss 2021 UK One Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Little Miss Sunshine – The 50th Anniversary of Mr. Men Little Miss 2021 UK Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin

Little Miss Sunshine – The 50th Anniversary of Mr. Men Little Miss 2021 UK One Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Little Miss Sunshine – The 50th Anniversary of Mr. Men Little Miss 2021 UK Half-Ounce Silver Proof Coin

Little Miss Sunshine – The 50th Anniversary of Mr. Men Little Miss 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coloured Coin

Little Miss Sunshine – The 50th Anniversary of Mr. Men Little Miss 2021 UK £5 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Code

UK21M3GP

UK21M3QG

UK21M31S

UK21M3HS

-

UK21M3BU

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 fine gold

999.9 fine gold

999 fine silver

999 fine silver

-

-

MCM

280

760

6,510

9,010

15,050

-

Reverse Designer

Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves

Adam Hargreaves

Limited Edition Presentation

275

750

6,500

9,000

15,050

-

RRP

£2,315

£595.00

£97.50

£65.00

£22.50

£13.00

 

 

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage. Today The Royal Mint is the world’s largest expert mint and has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Precious Metals, and collectable and historic coins.


The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

About Mr. Men Little Miss

With a cast of over 90 characters the Mr. Men and Little Miss have brought fun and laughter to generations of families for over 50 years. Currently one Mr. Men and Little Miss book is sold worldwide, and lifetime sales total 250 million books.

  • Over 600,000 Mr. Men Little Miss books were sold in the UK in 2019
  • Mr. Men Little Miss is the number one selling children’s book in France and the second largest pre-school brand in the UK market
  • 15% growth in UK publishing 2016 to 2018
  • The largest European growth markets are Greece and Israel, which have seen year on year sales double since 2017 and double sales figures since 2018 retrospectively
  • China is predicted to expand the Mr. Men Little Miss business with the 25% market share following doubling year on year sales
  • A third of Brits own a Mr Men or Little Miss book, with a calculated 354m books in households across the UK
  • Mr. Men Little Miss books are published in 17 languages worldwide
  • Founded by the late Rodger Hargreaves the series was created in 1971 starting with Mr. Tickle, turning 50 in 2021
  • Rodger Hargreaves died in 1988, aged 53, his son, Adam Hargreaves continued the business writing and drawing the Mr. Men Little Miss books
  • The first Mr. Men book, Mr. Tickle, was rejected by all the big publishers in the UK, before being published by Fabbri book in 1971

 

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