Royal Mint releases yet more cartoon coins! Three Gruffalo 50p coins now available – but they won’t enter circulation
- Three new Royal Mint coins based on a children’s book
- Based on The Gruffalo to celebrate its 20th anniversary
- Strong chance many could end up on eBay shortly after being snapped up
Three coins featuring The Gruffalo have been released by the Royal Mint – but will they come straight out of the deep dark wood and go straight onto eBay?
The 50p coins, minted to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s book, will not be entering circulation.
The Mint is releasing three versions featuring the monster – gold and silver proofs, as well as the standard brilliant uncirculated version, which will be sold for £10.
There’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – until now, as the monster from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s children’s classic is the latest book icon to be stamped onto a 50 pence piece
There will be an unlimited number of these coins put on sale, but only 25,000 silver proofs and 600 gold proofs will be available.
They will be sold for £65 and £795 respectively.
It is a larger mintage than the last time the Royal Mint released special commemorative coins.
Last month it released a set of five special 50p coins to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 50p, and all 3,500 proof sets sold out in an hour.
The 1,969 silver sets and 75 gold sets also sold out rapidly.
Many lucky enough to get their hands on sets listed them on eBay for more than five times their original price, though there’s no suggestion anyone was interested in buying them for that much.
Nicola Howell, director of consumer at The Royal Mint, said: ‘Over the last twenty years The Gruffalo has become one of the most famous children’s characters in the world.
‘We felt it was only right, as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the book being published to feature him on a commemorative coin.
‘We hope that children and adults across the UK will love this family favourite as much as we do.’
The Gruffalo is the latest in an increasingly diverse group of children’s book characters to end up on a coin.
The Mint previously released three separate sets of Beatrix Potter characters featured on the 50p, while last year it also put Britain’s most famous Peruvian import – Paddington Bear, not Nobby Solano – on the seven-sided coin.
Both of those ended up in circulation, with Paddington being released into general circulation four months after being minted as a collector’s item.
So keep your eyes peeled, because there could in future be such a thing as a Gruffalo ending up in your change.