POPULAR Christmas story The Snowman will feature in a new 50p coin, the Royal Mint has confirmed.
The coinmaker has launched the collectible coin in time for the upcoming festivities, featuring a new design by award-winning illustrator and animator, Robin Shaw, in tribute to the original book, released in 1978.
Published by Puffin, The Snowman has sold more than 5.5 million copies around the world.
The sixth coin to feature The Snowman, the new 50p will be the first to feature the official coinage portrait of King Charles III.
The 2023 design tells the magical story of James, who builds a snowman that magically comes to life, before they embark on an unforgettable adventure.
Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services at The Royal Mint, said: “The Royal Mint is delighted to celebrate the tale of The Snowman on official UK coins for its sixth year in 2023.
“Continuing our partnership with award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw, we are excited to release another original festive coin that brings Raymond Brigg’s story to life in a new way.
“This year’s edition of The Snowman coin is particularly special, being the first of our Christmas coins with King Charles III’s effigy on its obverse. We hope that people love the coin’s design and look to collect a piece of British Christmas history.”
Award-winning animator and illustrator Robin added: “I am thrilled to enter my sixth year working with The Royal Mint, helping to bring Raymond Briggs’ classic winter’s tale to life for collectors and fans of the story alike.”
For more information, and to buy the 2023 Snowman collectable coin collection, visit The Royal Mint website.