The Royal Mint, has revealed a collectable 50p coin to celebrate ten years since the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog, the animated sequel to the late Raymond Briggs’ timeless picture book and film adaption, The Snowman.
The collectable 50p coin celebrating the heart-warming story of The Snowman and The Snowdog will see Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait feature on the obverse (heads) side of the coin.
Following the popularity of The Snowman coin series, the 2022 design tells the story of a boy, Billy, who discovers a snowman-making kit hidden under his bedroom floorboards. Billy builds a snowman and, with a little leftover snow, a snowdog. That night, the two come to life and Billy joins them on an enchanting adventure.
For the fifth consecutive year, award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw has worked with The Royal Mint, to produce the design celebrating The Snowman and The Snowdog. The Royal Mint has introduced innovative digital colour printing technology to bring The Snowman and The Snowdog design to life, keeping true to the hand drawn, nostalgic quality of Robin Shaw’s original sketches.
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint said, “The Royal Mint first celebrated the heart-warming tale of The Snowman on official UK coins in 2018. Today, we are delighted to introduce another collectable 50p coin to the series celebrating ten years since the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog. This year’s design is just as charming as ever and features an exclusive design by award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw. The Snowman and The Snowdog coin beautifully captures the festive magic of a tale that has become a much-loved classic. We hope collectors will love the design as much as we do at The Royal Mint with the coin making the ideal Christmas gift for loved ones”.
Thomas Merrington, Creative Director at Penguin Ventures said, “It’s always really exciting to explore the next coin design with The Royal Mint and we are thrilled that this year we can celebrate ten years of friendship and fun with The Snowman and The Snowdog, captured perfectly by Robin Shaw for this very special coin release”.
Speaking about the design, award-winning animator and illustrator Robin Shaw said: “It’s a joy to be revisiting The Snowdog after 10 years. I’ve always been rather pleased when he’s around and imagined him keeping The Snowman company when we’re not looking“.
This is the fifth commemorative coin from The World of The Snowman released by The Royal Mint in collaboration with Snowdog Enterprises Ltd and officially licensed by Penguin Ventures (part of Penguin Random House UK), with the first coin released in 2018.
For more information, and to purchase The Snowman and The Snowdog 2022 collectable coin collection, please visit The Royal Mint website: The Snowman™ and The Snowdog | The Royal Mint.