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Royal Mint Is Launching a Gruffalo 50p Coin

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If you didn’t manage to get your hands on the Beatrix Potter coin, then Royal Mint have introduced another childhood favourite in the shape of a Gruffalo 50p.

Based, of course, on the hugely popular book and TV adaption, the new coin has been in the pipeline since December where it was first announced by Royal Mint but will most likely launch before March 2019.

The book tells the tale of  a mouse taking a walk in a forest, and the scary – or not so scary – animals he encounters along the way.

Written by playwright Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, it was first published in 1999 and went on to become a children’s book classic selling over 13 million copies.

The first publication of the book, ‘The Gruffalo’, was in March 1999, meaning that March 2019 will mark it’s 20th anniversary.

What does the Gruffalo 50p Look Like?

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Following similar coins based on childhood characters including The Snowman, Peter Rabbit and Paddington Bear, this new coin will be issued as a silver and cupro-nickel 50p piece.

It will feature a depiction of The Gruffalo with an inscription reading  ‘THE GRUFFALO’ on the face of the coin and will have a plain edge.

The exact image that will be used in place of The Queen is at present a closely-guarded secret but is likely to feature the main character himself.

When will the Gruffalo 50p coin go on sale?

It is rumoured to go on sale on February 19. 

The coin should be available to buy online through the Royal Mint’s official website. Eager fans of the family collectible can keep their eyes on the website and Royal Mint social channels.

You can also register your interest in the Gruffalo 50p here .

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