The Royal Mint are set to release a new 50p this week to celebrate 20 years of Julia Donaldson’s iconic character.
The Gruffalo is a children’s book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, that tells the story of a mouse, the protagonist of the book, taking a walk in a European forest.
Initially published in 1999, the book is written in rhyming couplets, featuring repetitive verse with minor variance.
The book has sold over 13 million copies, has won several prizes for children’s literature, and has been developed into plays on both the West End and Broadway and even an Oscar nominated animated film.
The Royal Mint first announced that it would be launching the new money back in November.
Token Publishing believe the new coin will be available to buy from February 19th.
They say: “It appears the latest 50p coin from the Royal Mint will feature the Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson’s scary but delightful monster who first appeared in 1999, and will be available from February 19.
“We aren’t sure whether this will go into circulation like the Beatrix Potter and Paddington coins or remain for collectors only (as with the Snowman just before Christmas) – we’ll keep you posted!”
Coin collectors are encouraged to register their interest with The Royal Mint here and will be sent information on how to obtain the coin once it is launched.