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Thursday 4th June 2020

Royal Mint launches new 50p coin with The Snowman design

They may double in value

The Royal Mint has issued a new set of 50p coins that pay tribute to festive family favourite, The Snowman.

It first issued 50p coins last year to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs' illustrated novel.

And after the success of last year's coin, it has launched three more for this year with a new design.

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This year's design sees The Snowman standing on some snow with his friend James in front of him and a forest scene in the background.

Each coin is cased in a printed acrylic block with delicate snow falling all around.

The gift box contains a fold-out booklet, featuring exclusive illustrations from Robin Shaw – Assistant Director of The Snowman and The Snowdog.

The silver proof coin costs £65 each (Credit: Royal Mint)

Because this is a commemorative coin, it will not enter into circulation.

There are three versions for collectors to buy: an unlimited number of brilliant uncirculated coins will cost £10 each, 25,000 silver proof coins will set you back £65, and 600 gold-proof coins will be an eye-watering £980.

We are delighted to introduce the second coin in the series capturing James and The Snowman’s friendship.

Only the silver-proofed coins are coloured.

An uncoloured version costs £10 each (Credit: Royal Mint)

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A Royal Mint spokesperson said: "Following the fantastic response to The Snowman’s debut appearance on a 50p coin to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs’ classic tale in 2018, we are delighted to introduce the second coin in the series capturing James and The Snowman’s friendship.

Collectors can expect the value of the silver proof coin to double in value once production of the 25,000 limited-edition coin finishes.

Silver proof versions of the first The Snowman coin have recently sold on eBay for up to £117.

Elsewhere, a rare Isle of Man 50p coin featuring The Snowman and James sold for £299.99 on eBay in September.

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