The 50p Collector's Series - The Gruffalo Collection
The Gruffalo was first published on 23rd March, 1999. It was written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The book tells the story of a mouse and his journey through the forest, scaring off dangerous animals with tales of the Gruffalo - a mythical monster who is part buffalo, part grizzly bear and all monster! Little does he know that the Gruffalo actually exists and he is about to come face to face with him. The popular children's story has sold over 13.5 million copies worldwide.
An Unusual Pair
Although we are hoping for many more to come, at the moment, there are only two coins in this collection. To learn more about one of the designs, it's varieties and the story it represents, select a link below.
The first 2019 50p coin to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the children's favourite book, The Gruffalo. Voted the United Kingdom’s favourite bedtime story in 2009, the award-winning book has been translated into more than 76 languages and in 2009 the story was transformed into an Oscar and BAFTA-nominated animated movie. This 50p features only the eponymous monster on the reverse.
The second coin released in celebration of 20 years of The Gruffalo. Both the little brown mouse and the Gruffalo appear together on the reverse of this 50p coin.
Always More To Collect...
If you fancy a bit more of a challenge, try our London 2012 Sports Collection. Better known as 'The Olympics Collection' these are the 29 50ps minted to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics.
Or you could try one of our other small collections like The Snowman Collection or The Dinosauria Collection. These collections are made up of fewer coins and so, although still a competitive market, these can be easier to complete for beginners. See our Collections Page for more options.
Perhaps you feel ready to start a more comprehensive collection? Why not explore our collection of the 50p coins currently in circulation?
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