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2020 The Snowman 50p Coins

2020 The Snowman 50p Coin
2020 The Snowman 50p Coin

The 2020 The Snowman 50p coin release is 9am on the 1st December 2020 from The Royal Mint.

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For 2020, the characters from Raymond Briggs’ celebrated story are reunited in a warm embrace in a poignant design that captures the depth of their friendship.

This follows the previous coins released being the 2018 Snowman 50p and 2019 Snowman 50p.

A number of Royal Mint produced coins that celebrate childhood characters include colour-printed silver Proof editions.

Is the Snowman 50p in circulation?

The Snowman 50p is not in circulation. It is a collectors only coin available to purchase from The Royal Mint.

The Snowman 2020 Collection includes a plain BUNC coin and a special edition with a colour-printed coin finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard. In prior years, the BUNC Snowman coins were only released as plain coins.

2020 The Snowman 50p Coin Specifications

Snowman coins are available in BUNC, BUNC Coloured, Silver Proof and Gold Proof limited editions. No Snowman fifty pence coins will be entering UK circulation.

DENOMINATION 50p
DIAMETER 27.30mm
REVERSE DESIGNER Snowman Enterprises
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
YEAR 2020

The Snowman 2020 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Greetings Card

The Snowman 50p Greetings Card
The Snowman 50p Greetings Card

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  • Send an extra special Christmas card your loved ones can keep all year round
  • Share the magic of The Snowman™ this Christmas
  • The only way to own The Snowman™ 2020 coin – this coin will not enter circulation
  • Licensed by Snowman Enterprises Limited
  • Features a design by Robin Shaw – the Assistant Director of sequel The Snowman™ and The Snowdog
LIMITED EDITION PRESENTATION Unlimited
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE Unlimited
QUALITY Brilliant Uncirculated (BUNC)
PURE METAL TYPE Cupro-Nickel
WEIGHT 8.00 g
PRICE ON ISSUE £10.00
PRODUCT CODE UK20SMBU

Brilliant Uncirculated – Coloured Coins

The Snowman 50p Coloured Coin
The Snowman 50p Coloured Coin

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  • Exclusive to The Royal Mint
  • The fold-out packaging features illustrations by Robin Shaw – the Assistant Director of sequel The Snowman™ and The Snowdog
  • Colour printing recalls the charm of the original illustrations
  • Capture the memories of a magical family Christmas
  • Licensed by Snowman Enterprises Limited
  • Limited-Edition Presentation of 15,000 coins
LIMITED EDITION PRESENTATION 15,000 coins
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 15,000 coins
QUALITY Brilliant Uncirculated (BUNC)
PURE METAL TYPE Cupro-Nickel
WEIGHT 8.00 g
PRICE ON ISSUE £20.00
PRODUCT CODE UK20SMBUC

Silver Proof Coins

The Snowman 50p Silver Proof Coins
The Snowman 50p Silver Proof Coins

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LIMITED EDITION PRESENTATION 7,000
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 7,010
QUALITY Proof
PURE METAL TYPE .925 Sterling Silver
PRICE ON ISSUE £67.50
PRODUCT CODE UK20SMSP
  • Each coin is cased in a beautiful printed acrylic block with delicate snow falling all around – a perfect Christmas decoration
  • The gift box contains a fold-out booklet, featuring exclusive illustrations from Robin Shaw – the Assistant Director of sequel The Snowman™ and The Snowdog
  • Colour printing recalls the charm of the original illustrations
  • An extremely Limited-Edition Presentation of just 7,000 coins

Gold Proof Coins

The Snowman 50p Gold Coins
The Snowman 50p Gold Coins

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LIMITED EDITION PRESENTATION 275
MAXIMUM COIN MINTAGE 285
QUALITY Proof
PURE METAL TYPE 22 Carat Gold
WEIGHT 15.50 g
PRICE ON ISSUE £1,125.00
PRODUCT CODE UK20SMGP
  • Last year’s gold Proof coin sold out completely
  • The gift box contains a fold-out booklet, featuring exclusive illustrations from Robin Shaw – the Assistant Director of sequel The Snowman™ and The Snowdog
  • Gift the only gold Proof coin with a festive story available from The Royal Mint this Christmas
  • Licensed by Snowman Enterprises Limited
  • An extremely Limited-Edition Presentation of just 275

2020 The Snowman™ Minty®

The Snowman 50p Minty
The Snowman 50p Minty
  • Limited Edition 250

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The Snowman Sketch-Along

The Royal Mint has hinted for a few weeks in a YouTube video that a Christmas related fifty pence coin was coming.

Today they released a new video showing how The Snowman is hand drawn and inviting fans to send in their own designs.

The Snowman Drawings
The Snowman Drawings

Watch on YouTube The Snowman Sketch Along video.

The story of The Snowman was entirely hand-drawn!

2020 The Snowman 50p Coin Design

When the Royal Mint set out to design their Snowman fifty pence coins, the huge challenge has been to capture the charm of the original illustrated characters on a coin.

For 2020, The Snowman coin was designed by award-winning illustrator and animator Robin Shaw. View Robin’s amazing work at Robin Shaw Animator & Illustrator (robinpshaw.com)

Robin aspired to work with Snowman creator Raymond Briggs after watching it on television as a child and this was an ambition he went on to fulfil, collaborating with Raymond on several film projects.

Robin explains the design process in more detail:

“At the heart of the story is the relationship between the little boy and the Snowman. Starting with a handshake, it grows stronger with everything they teach each other and the adventures they share. But it’s only when they hug, that we fully appreciate the depth of emotion.”
“I wanted to capture this in one single image. Obviously, it needed to work on a small scale so clarity was key. I sketched the design quite a few times, playing with angles of heads, how much of the little boy’s face could be seen, whose arm covered whose and so on. It just felt like the intricacies of all those factors affected how the hug would be read. It had to be incredibly specific and – in typical Briggs’ fashion – understated at the same time. Something I’m really pleased with this year is the simplicity of the design. The emotion and clarity sit nicely alongside the more graphic and tactile element of the snowfall. It can be tricky to keep in mind while working on the design that it will be transcribed into a three-dimensional metal object that sits in the palm of your hand. This affects how you draw up the final design, trying to make sure it works for the sense of touch as well as sight.”

How are 2020 The Snowman 50p coins made?

The 2020 Snowman coins are made using the latest in digital printing methods.

The first stage of the coin production process is to add a layer of clear primer, followed by white, so that when colour is placed on top it really pops!

Areas of the coin are then masked before more colour is added.

The characters themselves are the stars of the coin and more colour is added so they really stand out.

A die is produced – this is the tool that strikes the coin with thousands of tonnes of pressure – and these coins are struck multiple times to ensure the standard of the Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof finish. These have to be lined up perfectly or the layers will be out of place and the whole design will fail.

The Royal Mint usually does trial runs of 100 to 1,000 Brilliant Uncirculated coins and around 25 for the silver Proof editions; this makes sure everything is flawless before we strike larger numbers of the coins.

This design was particularly challenging because the colour runs edge-to-edge. This meant more trials than usual.

The Snowman official website.

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The Snowman™ 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

This Limited Edition of 25,000 Silver Proof coins is still available for purchase, direct from The Royal Mint.

2019 The Snowman 50p
2019 The Snowman 50p

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