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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas as Guernsey release a brand new set of Christmas Pantomime 50p coins!

These fantastic new coins feature designs based on five beloved Pantomimes which are sure to take you to a whole new world as you experience the magic of the theatre brought to life on a 50p coin.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

Complete BU Set

Whilst 4,000 of each design will be entering circulation, they will only be released in Guernsey and you can bet your bottom dollar that any lucky Guernsey Change Checkers coming across these coins will be sure to hold on to them.

Unfortunately we don’t all have a Fairy Godmother who can wave a magic wand and make these coins appear in our UK change (but wouldn’t that be nice!).

However, the complete set is now available to purchase in Brilliant Uncirculated quality here.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

Authorised by the Guernsey Treasury and fully approved by Her Majesty the Queen, the set includes some of the most loved pantomime themes:

  • Aladdin
  • Cinderella
  • Snow White
  • Jack and the Beanstalk
  • Dick Whittington

Silver Proof Set

But that’s not all… As if by magic, these coins have been brought to life in vibrant colour for the Silver Proof Pantomime 50p coin set.

Each beautiful coin is struck from Solid Silver and features selective colour printing to capture the fun of the theatre.

Only 2,019 of the Guernsey Silver Christmas Pantomime 50p sets are available and we all know how quickly Silver 50p coins sell out – the Silver Gruffalo 50p sold out within the first day of launch and had an edition limit of 25,000!

This stunning set is now available to purchase here.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

The first Guernsey Christmas coins

Did you know that Guernsey has never released a Christmas coin before? This is bound to make these Christmas Panto 50ps particularly special for coin collectors.

However it’s fair to say that Christmas themed coins make an envious addition to anyone’s collection, with the numerous festive 50ps from the Isle of Man proving to be incredibly popular.

One of the most-loved Christmas themes to feature on a coin has got to be the Snowman.

In 2003, the first coin to feature the Snowman was issued by the Isle of Man and had a tiny mintage of just 10,000. 

Although not many of these coins are available on the secondary market, if you did want to add one to your collection, you’d be looking at parting with a minimum of £200!

The hunt is on for the Isle of Man Wren £2 and other Manx Christmas coins!
The 2003 Snowman 50p from the Isle of Man is in high demand on the secondary market. Credit: eBay

The Snowman has since featured on a number of Isle of Man Christmas coins, and even made his first appearance on a UK coin last year.

Just 20,000 issued for circulation

With such a wonderful Christmas theme and the fact that just 4,000 of each Panto 50p will initially be released into circulation in Guernsey, these coins are sure to follow in the Snowman’s footprints and be incredibly sought-after.

But it’s not just the theme which makes these coins so special…

Mintage figures for Isle of Man 50ps have never exceeded 30,000, and as the new Guernsey coins have a combined mintage of just 20,000 I’m sure you’ll agree that they are bound to be hugely collectable!

Guernsey mintage figures are known for being much smaller than the UK, which is down to their much smaller population of just over 63,000.

Vote for your favourite!

Pantomime has a long theatrical history and is especially popular during the festive period. So now it’s time to get the show started and celebrate with the fantastic new Christmas Pantomime 50p set from Guernsey.

We’d love to hear which of these coins is your favourite, so let us know by voting in the poll below!


Secure your Brilliant Uncirculated Christmas Pantomime Set

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! (oh yes it is!)

Celebrate the Christmas season with five brand new Brilliant Uncirculated Pantomime 50ps from Guernsey.

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The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

I can’t help but get a bit excited at this time of year, and now that my Change Checker Advent calendar is counting down to Christmas, I really can’t wait for the big day!

But what’s got me even more excited is to see how Santa’s little elves have been busily working away this year to release the most wonderfully festive coins in time for Christmas.

From all across the world we’ve seen renowned Mints issue beautiful Christmas coins that would take pride of place in any collection and I for one would certainly treasure forever (here’s hoping there’s one for me under the tree this year!).

I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite 2018 Christmas coins from around the world that I’d like to share with you, starting of course with the UK Nutcracker £5.

 

2018 UK Nutcracker £5

The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

2018 UK Nutcracker £5

We all know that £5 coins are the ultimate collector’s piece, so I really enjoyed seeing this year’s festive £5, the Nutcracker.

The 2018 Christmas £5 coin features a magical design of an enchanting Nutcracker scene, by acclaimed engraver, Harry Brockway. According to legend, ‘Nutcracker’ represents strength and power and serves as a guardian – the perfect protector to watch over your family this Christmas time.

This is actually only the second time ever that The Royal Mint has released a Christmas £5 coin, and I’m sure that collectors will want to stay on top of this new tradition and make sure they don’t miss any of these coins for their collection, starting with last year’s Christmas Tree £5.

 

2018 UK The Snowman 50p

The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

2018 UK The Snowman 50p

I love The Snowman Christmas story and so it came as no surprise to me to see that this coin was a favourite this year, with both Silver Proof and Gold versions completely SELLING OUT on the first day of issue! 

Issued by The Royal Mint to celebrate the festive season, The Snowman 50p marks the 40th anniversary of the publication of Raymond Briggs’ much-loved festive tale and was designed by Natasha Ratcliffe to depict the boy and the snowman flying through the night sky above Brighton Pier.

The Isle of Man has previously issued Christmas 50ps featuring The Snowman and these now sell for £100’s on the secondary market, which I’m sure would have added to the collectability of this first ever UK Christmas 50p.

 

2018 Isle of Man Wren £2

The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

2018 Isle of Man Hunt the Wren £2

You might be familiar with the Isle of Man Christmas 50p coins, but this Christmas a very special £2 coin has been issued featuring a festive wren design.

Hunt the Wren, as it is known on the island has become one of the most popular yet more unusual Manx traditions in practice today, although it actually dates back to Pagan times! This year, the Boxing Day tradition has been celebrated on a £2 coin and only a limited quantity of these coins will enter circulation on the Isle of Man.

Typically, the mintages for Isle of Man coins are much lower than UK coins, with none of the previous Manx Christmas 50ps exceeding 30,000!

 

2018 Canada 3D Snowball Fight 50 Cents

The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

2018 Canada 3D Snowball Fight 50 Cents. Credit: www.mint.ca

We all love a snowball fight! Chances are though that in the UK we won’t see quite as much snow (if any) this year as Canada. But don’t despair, as this wonderful Canadian 50 Cent coin allows you to bring to life the magic of a snowball fight on an innovative 3D coin! 

The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for their forward thinking technology, and this Christmas they have used lenticular printing to create artist Tony Bianco’s fun-filled design with an illusion of depth, which actually appears to move as the coin is viewed from different angles – so watch out for those snowballs!

It really put a smile on my face when I came upon this coin in my research, and with a mintage of just 20,000 I’m sure Canadian Change Checkers will be eager to add this coin to their collection.

 

2018 Australia Looney Tunes Christmas Star Shaped $1

The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

2018 Australia Looney Tunes Christmas Star Shaped $1

When it comes to dressing the Christmas tree this year, I’m sure Australian Change Checkers will be thrilled with this exquisite star shaped 99.99% Pure Silver $1 coin, which comes with protective casing that can be hung as a decoration.

The Perth Mint has produced some fantastic star shaped Christmas coins over the past few years and this year’s coin is no exception. One of the best known animated characters of all time, Buggs Bunny and his girlfriend Lola are celebrated in colour printing for this vibrant and festive Looney Tunes design.

This coin is actually legal tender in Tuvalu (a small island off Australia), but I certainly wouldn’t be spending it if I found one in my stocking!

 

2018 New Zealand Disney Silver $1

The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

2018 New Zealand Disney Silver $1

2018 must be the year for animated characters, as the new $1 from New Zealand features the iconic Mickey Mouse and his friends for this Disney Christmas themed 999 Fine Silver coin.

This is the fifth annual release from the New Zealand Mint and has been so incredibly popular this year that it has in fact sold out completely! Although with such an appealing theme and a very low mintage of just 10,000 this comes as no surprise to me.

Like the Australian Christmas coin, this $1 also comes in a special presentation case to be hung as a decoration – just imagine creating your very own tree filled with international Christmas coins!

I’m sure you’ll agree that wherever you are in the world, there’s something extra special about a Christmas coin which brings everyone together at this time of year. Whether or not you’re a dedicated collector, or simply enjoy Christmas collectables, these coins are impossible to resist!

 


 

The top 2018 Christmas coins from around the world!

 

Secure the perfect numismatic gift this Christmas! 

With Christmas just around the corner, check out our charming selection of festive commemoratives that could make the perfect gift for friends or family, or as a special Christmas treat for yourself… we won’t tell if you don’t.

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