Published on October 18th, 2019 | by Sam Rose
New Gruffalo Coin Released into the Wild!
The Royal Mint are continuing the Gruffalo celebrations on it’s 20th anniversary with the launch of a new Gruffalo coin!
You may remember that is was only as recent as the start of this year that we saw the first Gruffalo coin released by the Royal Mint.
The classic story, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, was first published 20 years ago and sold a staggering 14.5m copies worldwide!
The first Gruffalo coin was so high in demand that it sold out within a day of going on general sale, which disappointed many coin collectors and fans of the popular children’s storybook.
But now, fans of this timeless tale can rejoice once more with the launch of a brand-new Gruffalo Coin which this time also features the Mouse!
New Gruffalo Coin Celebrates World’s Favourite Literary Monster
With the new design depicting the iconic scene of when the Gruffalo meets the Mouse for the very first time, Nicola Howell, Director of Consumer at the Royal Mint, spoke of how the new Gruffalo coin has been launched due to the phenomenal response the first coin received upon its announcement.
“Following the fantastic response to the Gruffalo’s debut appearance on a 50p coin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book, we are delighted to introduce and additional coin capturing Mouse and Gruffalo’s first meeting, continuing the story of one of the world’s most favourite literary monsters on UK coins.”
Author of the Gruffalo books, Julia Donaldson, expressed how the release of the Gruffalo coins made the fictional monster’s 20th anniversary, all that more memorable.
“The launch of the first Gruffalo coins in February was a great 20th birthday present for him, and the issue of a second collectable 50p coin in the same year feels like the icing on his birthday cake.”
Illustrator of the novel, Axel Scheffler, spoke of his hopes for the story of the Gruffalo being something that children will be able to cherish for “a long time” whilst adding:
“Having never imagined that the Gruffalo would appear on a coin, it is great that we have two coins in the 20th year of the book”
Complete Your Collection with Gruffalo Special Stamps and Collectibles
If you are a fan of Donaldson’s much-loved novel, then you may already know about Royal Mail’s recent issue of Gruffalo Special Stamps.
At the Post Office Shop, we not only have these available to purchase right now on our website, but we also have wide range of other Gruffalo collectibles to browse through and buy too!
Why not take a look at items such as the Gruffalo Presentation Pack – a slick presentational package containing all six Gruffalo Special Stamps, an additional Miniature Sheet and other fun features such as a Gruffalo themed ‘Snakes and Ladders’ game and trivia based on ‘How well do you know the Gruffalo?’
Or perhaps, you want to proudly display each of the stamp designs featuring the characters from this colourful and whimsical tale in your living room or as a display piece in your house with the Gruffalo Framed Stamp Set?
And of course, you could always opt for the Gruffalo Coin Cover, which features not only the Gruffalo Miniature Sheet, but also the extremely popular uncirculated 50p collectible coin released earlier this year!
Whatever your preference, there’s a Gruffalo gift for everyone at the Post Office Shop so why not take a look today!