The Gruffalo returns to UK coins

With the recent announcement that a brand new Gruffalo 50p will be released this year, let’s take a closer look at why the previous Gruffalo 50ps were so popular!

2019 Gruffalo 50p and 2019 Gruffalo and Mouse 50p
2019 Gruffalo 50p and 2019 Gruffalo and Mouse 50p

Some of the most popular coins are often those that not only have captivating designs, but those that tell a story, and the 2019 Gruffalo® 50p and the 2019 Gruffalo and Mouse 50p coins are prime examples. These coins gained immense popularity among collectors, and it’s not hard to see why...

The story behind the coins

The Gruffalo, a beloved children’s book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, first hit the shelves in 1999 and has since sold a whopping 13.5 million copies! The story has enchanted both children and adults, with its whimsical tale of a clever mouse who outsmarts a host of woodland creatures, including the fearsome Gruffalo.

The Gruffalo
Image Credit: axelscheffler.com

The Gruffalo has also become somewhat of a festive favourite, as it was adapted into a short film for BBC One in December 2009 by production company Magic Light Pictures.

2019 Gruffalo 50p

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this iconic story, The Royal Mint released two commemorative 50ps in 2019, the first featuring the Gruffalo himself.

The reverse design, created by Magic Light Pictures, features the Gruffalo smirking mischievously with all his distinctive features.

The 2019 Gruffalo 50p sparked huge excitement across the UK

When it was first released in February 2019, the Gruffalo 50p sparked huge excitement across the UK, inspiring a whole new generation of collectors.

It became one of the most sought-after 50ps of recent years, with more than 239,000 Brilliant Uncirculated 50ps sold and all 25,500 Silver Proof Gruffalo 50ps selling out.

2019 Gruffalo and Mouse 50p

Following the success of the first release, The Royal Mint delighted collectors once again by issuing a second Gruffalo 50p in October 2019. This time, the design featured the Gruffalo alongside the cunning little mouse, capturing a key moment from the story.

The intricate detailing highlights the contrast between the imposing Gruffalo and the small but brave mouse.

The 2019 Gruffalo and Mouse 50p was the eagerly awaited second UK Gruffalo coin

Collectors had been eagerly awaiting the release of this coin since The Royal Mint teased a second Gruffalo coin a few months earlier. There was speculation about what might feature on the second coin, from the charming fox to the sly snake, but the clever little mouse was a welcome addition to the design.

Similarly to the first Gruffalo 50p, the Gruffalo and Mouse 50p was incredibly popular with collectors, and just shy of 100,000 Brilliant Uncirculated 50ps were sold!


What’s next for the Gruffalo?

Eagle eyed collectors will have seen in the latest Royal Proclamation that we can expect a brand new Gruffalo 50p in 2024!

Details are still top secret, but we do know that the coin will celebrate 20 years since the release of the Gruffalo sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child and will feature depiction of the Gruffalo’s Child and a mouse, accompanied by the inscription “THE GRUFFALO’S CHILD”.

Considering the popularity of previous Gruffalo coins, this release really will be one to watch out for!

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3 Comments

  1. Philip jones on July 18, 2024 at 2:34 am

    Carnt wait for this got al the gruffalos 50p in silver fantastic design

  2. Diane on July 14, 2024 at 3:04 pm

    Like to know more

  3. Mr Jeremy Evans on July 13, 2024 at 10:01 pm

    Ive got the Gruffalo 2019 ( 50p ) with its miniature story book uncirculated Edition and this new release gruffalo 2024 will be a great Edition to my collection

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