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Royal Mint unveils 'The Snowman and the Snowdog' collectable 50p coins

The Snowman and The Snowdog 50 pence coin. Photo: The Royal Mint
The Snowman and the Snowdog 50 pence coin. Photo: The Royal Mint

A 50p coin to celebrate 10 years since the release of animated short film The Snowman and The Snowdog has been unveiled by The Royal Mint.

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

The coin will have Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait feature on the heads side of the coin.

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Prices for the new coin range from £11 for a brilliant uncirculated version to £1,195 for a gold coin.

Illustrator Robin Shaw worked with the Royal Mint to produce the design. The Mint also used digital colour printing technology to bring the design to life.

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.

The Royal Mint of The Snowman and the Snowdog 2022 UK 50 pence silver proof coin. Photo: The Royal Mint
The Snowman and the Snowdog 2022 UK 50p silver proof coin. Photo: The Royal Mint

“Today, we are delighted to introduce another collectable 50p coin to the series celebrating 10 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.”

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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 The Snowman coin released by The Royal Mint in collaboration with Snowman Enterprise, the with the first coin released in 2018.

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