The Royal Mint have released a new set of limited-edition 50 pence coins to celebrate 20 years since the famous literary monster The Gruffalo was introduced to our world.
The commemorative coins showcase Julia Donaldson’s famous character, depicting his orange eyes, poisonous wart and purple prickles.
Julia Donaldson first released the children’s book, The Gruffalo in 1999. Since then over 13.5 millions copies of the story have been sold. The story follows a mouse as he walks through the woods, using clever tricks to evade the attempts of animals eating him. Each time a fox, owl or snake asks the mouse to come back to their home, the mouse tells them he is to dine with his friend, the Gruffalo.
The monster like creature, is scary looking yet completely loveable.
Since then he has been featured on stage and screen and now on a 50p coin.
Unfortunately the coin will not go into circulation, rather, it is being sold by the Royal Mint as a collectors item.
Prices for the coin start at £10 for the plain silver version.
It will cost £65 for the silver proof coin which only has 25,000 in production. The gold proof coin, which there are only 600 of, will set you back £795.
— The Royal Mint (@RoyalMintUK) February 17, 2019
The coins are available to purchase from the Royal Mint’s website here.
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