Returning for a third annual appearance, Raymond Briggs iconic seasonal tale, ‘The Snowman’ has become a refreshing holiday coin release in a market overwhelmingly populated by Santa designs. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but a little variety doesn’t hurt, and what better way than a beloved childrens book like this one to draw upon. (2018 coin, 2019 coin)
It was over forty years ago, 1978 to be precise, when Briggs published his illustrated tale, one devoid of text. Telling the tale of a young boy that builds a living snowman, it made the transition to an animated short just four years later. Nominated for an Academy Award, it has gone on to be one of the most admired animated works of all time, inspiring a 2012, 30th anniversary sequel called The Snowman and the Snowdog.
This is one of the Royal Mints many heptagonal fifty pence designs, a format that seems to have grown exponentially in popularity oover the last half decade or so. An 8 gram sterling silver coin, coloured on the reverse face, will be the popular choice, more so now the mintage has dropped to the considerably more sensible 7,000 pieces, down from last years excessive 27,500 units. The gold is a heavier coin, necessary to get to the fixed format size, and comes in at 15.50 grams of 22kt fineness metal. That one tops out at just 275 pieces – very tempting given the increased popularity of Royal Mint gold coins lately.
A heartwarming design, very much in the style of the animation, if you liked the previous pair of issues, we see no reason why you wouldn’t jump on this one. The silver is £67.50, with the gold at £1125.00. If you just want the design, for the kids perhaps, a base-metal brilliant uncirculated version is available in a nice presentation card for just £10, and in a coloured version for double that, the latter limited to 15,000 pieces and only available directly from the mint. Seems quite a markup for a paintjob. Available now.