Published on December 12th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
Watch Out, There’s a Gruffalo Coin About!
Did you miss out on owning one of the hugely popular Snowman coins this year? Well keep your eyes peeled, there’s a Gruffalo Coin on the way!
Announced via a Royal Proclamation issued on the 8th of November, the Royal Mint will be issuing a brand new Gruffalo Coin. Following in the footsteps of previous coin issues such as Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear, the Gruffalo Coin will be released in 2019 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular children’s book, ‘The Gruffalo’.
Who is The Gruffalo?
For those not familiar with the character and book of the same name, ‘The Gruffalo’ is a creation by author Julia Donaldson. The first publication of the book, ‘The Gruffalo’, was in March 1999, meaning that March 2019 will mark it’s 20th anniversary. The story behind ‘The Gruffalo’ involves a large monster who upon meeting a mouse, threatens to eat him. However, after the mouse claims he is the most feared creature in the forest, the pair agree to travel through the forest together. The Gruffalo then runs away after getting increasingly scared from encountering the other animals around him.
The tale of The Gruffalo is based on a Chinese folk tale which originally involves a fox outwitting a tiger in the same way. Due to its popularity as a children’s book, ‘The Gruffalo’ was adapted into an animated film which was broadcast on TV during Christmas in 2009.
What Will the Gruffalo Coin Look Like?
Whilst the overall design and release date are being kept a secret for now, we do know that The Gruffalo coin will be issued as both a Silver and Cupro-Nickel 50p piece. It will feature a depiction of The Gruffalo with an inscription reading as ‘THE GRUFFALO’ on the face of the coin. The proclamation also states that coin will have a plain edge. Whatever the final resulting Gruffalo Coin looks like, we’re confident that it’s going to be just as popular as previous themed coin issues such as The Snowman and Peter Rabbit!
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