Like clock work, the Royal Mint has released this years festive offering of "the snowman". The first in the series being released back in 2018.
As a child of the 80's, i have incredibly fond memories of watching this every Christmas eve. We're not known for our scortching summers or freezing winter here in Wales, if im honest, its mostly just damp 24/7/365.... but on the years we did get snow, i always hoped my creations would come to life just like in the movie.
Thankfully, the giant 7ft snow-cock of 2006 didnt cum to life either!
First published in 1978, Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman™ has become an endearing winter’s tale that endures to this very day. The Royal Mint has commemorated the beloved story over the past few years due to its unwavering popularity. The story’s film adaption, which was released in 1984 and features an appearance from David Bowie in the introduction, is broadcast on Christmas Eve on Channel 4 every year. Much like the tale itself, which has become a quintessential part of Christmas traditions in Britain, this UK 50p coin is an embodiment of the festive spirit. With an original design by the award-winning illustrator and animator Robin Shaw, who also served as Assistant Director of the film adaptation’s sequel, The Snowman and The Snowdog™, this coin is the perfect gift guaranteed to make a special friend or loved one smile.
They say you cant put a price on happiness, but it seems the royal mint can.... beforeni tell you how over priced these little silverncoins are, let me first give you some info:
With just a total mintage of 7000, i would have liked to see a smaller number, but 7000 is still a relatively low mintage. Made from sterling silver (0.925) and weighing just 8g, the premiums on these coloured coins is astronomical!!
Can the RM really justify a price tag of £67.50 per coin?? Well it turns out, for as long as there are idiots like me out there, they can charge what ever they like.
With two kids in tow, they managed to get double the money out of me. These two will now go in to storage with the 2 from 2020, 2019 and 2018. Lets hope the kids frow up to fall in love with this film as much as i did, but if all else fails theyll have a nice little nest egg to help them out later in life.
Well enough babbling from me. If you have a spare 25mins and want to get in the festive mood, feel free to watch the full movie below:
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