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  • The Royal Mint has launched a The Snowman™ and The Snowdog collectable 50p.
  • The collectable 50p coin celebrates ten years since the release of The Snowman™ and The Snowdog.
  • Created under license from Penguin Ventures, on behalf of Snowdog Enterprises Ltd, a Penguin Random House company.
  • The reverse design features an exclusive original design by award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw, while the obverse of the coin will continue to bear Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait.
  • The 2022 range includes Brilliant Uncirculated, Brilliant Uncirculated Colour, Silver Proof and Gold Proof editions of the coins.

Under Embargo until 1st November 00.01am UK time: The Royal Mint, official maker of UK coins, has today revealed a collectable 50p coin to celebrate ten years since the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog, the animated sequel to the late Raymond Briggs’ timeless picture book and film adaption, The Snowman.

The collectable 50p coin celebrating the heart-warming story of The Snowman and The Snowdog will see Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait feature on the obverse (heads) side of the coin.

Following the popularity of The Snowman coin series, the 2022 design tells the story of a boy, Billy, who discovers a snowman-making kit hidden under his bedroom floorboards. Billy builds a snowman and, with a little leftover snow, a snowdog. That night, the two come to life and Billy joins them on an enchanting adventure.

For the fifth consecutive year, award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw has worked with The Royal Mint, to produce the design celebrating The Snowman and The Snowdog. The Royal Mint has introduced innovative digital colour printing technology to bring The Snowman and The Snowdog design to life, keeping true to the hand drawn, nostalgic quality of Robin Shaw’s original sketches.

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint said, “The Royal Mint first celebrated the heart-warming tale of The Snowman on official UK coins in 2018. Today, we are delighted to introduce another collectable 50p coin to the series celebrating ten years since the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog. This year’s design is just as charming as ever and features an exclusive design by award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw.

The Snowman and The Snowdog coin beautifully captures the festive magic of a tale that has become a much-loved classic. We hope collectors will love the design as much as we do at The Royal Mint with the coin making the ideal Christmas gift for loved ones.”

Speaking about the design, award-winning animator and illustrator Robin Shaw said, “It’s a joy to be revisiting The Snowdog after 10 years. I’ve always been rather pleased when he’s around and imagined him keeping The Snowman company when we’re not looking.”

This is the fifth commemorative coin from The World of The Snowman released by The Royal Mint in collaboration with Snowdog Enterprises Ltd and officially licensed by Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House UK), with the first coin released in 2018.

For more information, and to purchase The Snowman and The Snowdog 2022 collectable coin collection, please visit The Royal Mint website: The Snowman and The Snowdog 2022

 

Coin title

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog 2022 UK 50p Gold Proof

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog 2022 UK 50p Silver Proof Coloured

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog 2022 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Colour

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog 2022 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

916.7 Au - Red

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

15.50g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Robin Shaw

Robin Shaw

Robin Shaw

Robin Shaw

Quality

Gold Proof

Silver Proof

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Additional Features

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Limited Edition Presentation

125

5000

8,500

Unlimited

RRP

£1,195

£69.50

£20

£11

 

About The Royal Mint

With a history spanning more than 1,100 years, The Royal Mint is Britain’s oldest companies and the original maker of UK coins.  Today The Royal Mint is a premium British maker, providing carefully crafted coins and precious metal products for the UK and overseas.  Based in Llantrisant, South Wales it has three main focuses as a business: Currency, Consumer (collectable and rare, historic coins) and precious metals investment.

Collecting with The Royal Mint:

Every coin tells a story, from a rare gold Sovereign to a Peter Rabbit™ 50p coin. The Royal Mint aims to inspire collectors young and old, and nurture a love of collecting through unique designs and popular themes. As the maker of UK coinage, we have unparalleled knowledge about coins, from the historic coins of our past, through to the collectable commemorative coins of today.  Sourcing and authenticating pre decimal coins is a natural fit for The Royal Mint as we struck each one.

Investing with The Royal Mint:

As a world authority on precious metals, The Royal Mint has traded and made products in gold and silver for centuries. Since launching its designated precious metals investment arm six years ago, The Royal Mint has grown rapidly to become the home of gold in the UK – increasing its market share and becoming the largest producer of bullion coins in Britain. As well as offering physical precious metal investment options in the form of bars and coins, The Royal Mint also offers a range of digital investment options including DigiGold, Little Treasures, designed for children, and Gold for Pensions

Celebrating with The Royal Mint:

For over a thousand years The Royal Mint has marked the moments that changed the world on coins - from coronations to conflict, from commemorations to celebrations. The designs are captured on commemorative coins, minted in a range of metals.  Commemorative coins do not always enter circulation but give collectors the chance to purchase coins to keep and cherish.  Recent themes have included David Bowie, Winnie the Pooh, Decimalisation and Team GB. Each commemorative coin is carefully struck up to three times in order to create a superbly detailed finish, and ensuring each one meets the standards The Royal Mint is famous for. 

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales in 2016. The award-winning attraction welcomes around 200,000 visitors a year and is the place to explore the 1,100-year history of coins.

Images

The Royal Mint retains copyright ownership © of all images. These may only be used for editorial purposes and cannot be sold or used for other marketing purposes without the permission of The Royal Mint.

About THE WORLD OF THE SNOWMAN™

Originally published in 1978, THE SNOWMAN™ was created and illustrated as a wordless picture book by the late Raymond Briggs.  Beautifully illustrated with pencil and crayon, the story follows a boy, James, who builds a snowman in his garden one winter’s day. That night The Snowman comes to life and a magical adventure begins.

Producer John Coates adapted the THE SNOWMAN as an animation, which launched on Channel 4 in the channel’s inaugural year in 1982.  The film was a huge success, earning an Academy Award nomination and winning a BAFTA TV award.   It has been repeated every Christmas on Channel 4 in the 40 years since. 

In 2012, the highly anticipated sequel, was announced - THE SNOWMAN™ AND THE SNOWDOG premiered on Channel 4 on 24th December 2012 and was seen by over 10 million viewers during that festive period. THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG takes place in the same house that features in THE SNOWMAN and tells the story of a boy, Billy, who discovers a snowman-making kit hidden under the floorboards of his new home on Christmas Eve.  Billy builds a snowman and, with a little leftover snow, a snowdog.  As the clock strikes midnight, the two come to life and Billy joins them on a magical, fun-filled journey across the skies to attend a party filled with snowmen and Father Christmas himself.  

During 2022 Penguin Random House Children’s will be celebrating Ten Years of Friendship and Fun with THE SNOWMAN AND THE SNOWDOG as well as marking 40 years of THE SNOWMAN animation.  We will be paying tribute to Raymond Briggs via a dedicated campaign comprising a series of special events and digital activations to ensure that THE WORLD OF THE SNOWMAN remains a central part of festive family festive traditions.

THE WORLD OF THE SNOWMAN continues to enjoy an international audience with global broadcast of the animation, along with an array of publishing from Puffin and consumer products; live and immersive experiences managed by Penguin Ventures.  Snowman Enterprises Limited (SEL) is a Penguin Random House company.

www.thesnowman.com

About Penguin Ventures

We’re off the page and on an adventure.

Penguin Ventures is the licensing and consumer products division of Penguin Random House. We manage and exploit our portfolio of iconic literary brands and characters: PETER RABBIT™; THE SNOWMAN™; FUN WITH SPOT™ and FLOWER FAIRIES™ and more, across product, experience and digital. We find new ways to tell the world's favourite stories by creating strategic partnerships in licensing, retail, promotions, experiential, theatrical, exhibitions; in location-based experiences; and across the digital landscape.

www.penguinventures.co.uk

For more information get in touch at: penguin.ventures@penguinrandomhouse.co.uk

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