I don’t know about you, but I am well and truly feeling the Christmas spirit, and now that my Change Checker Advent calendar is counting down to the big day, my excitement is at an all-time high!
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 2023 Christmas coins from around the world that I’d like to share with you, starting of course with the brand new UK Snowman 50p!
UK The Snowman™ 50p
This new release marks the 6th time that The Snowman™ has appeared on our UK coinage!
The very first UK Snowman™ 50p was released in 2018. Since then we’ve been treated to a wonderful new release each year, and you know what, it just doesn’t feel like Christmas until we see the new Snowman™ 50p!
But, what makes this year’s release extra special is that for the first time ever, the obverse features King Charles III’s portrait.
What’s more, the reverse design shows the Snowman™ and James dancing below the Northern Lights – transporting us to the snowy scene straight out of the storybook.
Isle of Man Nativity £2
This traditionally festive £2 coin design from the Isle of Man has been inspired from a Nativity scene depicted on a stained-glass window in Church Kirk Christ, Rushen.
The Isle of Man is well known for their Christmas coins, however last year no such coins were released. But, this year the festivities resumed, as a brand new Christmas £2 coin was released – featuring King Charles III on the obverse for the very first time.
Fittingly, this £2 has been inscribed with the festive greeting ‘Merry Christmas’ in both English and Manx, making for a must-have addition to any Isle of Man coin collection.
Canada Christmas Sledding Lenticular Coin
The Royal Canadian Mint is renowned for its impressive minting technology and this new release reaffirms their excellent craftmanship.
Using lenticular technology, the design of this 50 cent coin changes when titled to create a heartwarming festive scene featuring a polar bear and bunny sledding across the snow.
You’ll notice that unlike the first two coins on our list, this release features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and that’s because this coin was issued before the Mint revealed their new King Charles III effigy.
Jersey Father Christmas Coloured 50p
Adding a pop of colour to our British Isles Christmas coins is this delightful new 50p release from Jersey.
The obverse design by Glynn Davies is the same King Charles III effigy as seen on the Isle of Man release above, however the reverse design by David Young really sets it apart from the rest!
Santa can be seen in full colour, with a sack of goodies slung across his shoulder – the perfect Christmas scene which is sure to delight both little kids and big kids alike!
Australia Disney 1oz Silver Proof Coin
From The Perth Mint in Australia comes this adorable Mickey and Minnie themed Disney 1oz Silver Proof coin.
Not only was this released in Disney themed packaging, but it was also presented as a hangable Christmas ornament – perfect for collectors down under to hang on their trees!
Just 2,023 of these coins were made available and it’s currently out of stock at the mint – but you can totally see why, as it’s such a fun festive design!
Which of these Christmas coins is your favourite and will you be adding any of them to your wish list this year? Let us know in the comments below!
Own your 2023 UK The Snowman™ 50p
A brand-new UK 50p is now available, marking the 10th anniversary of the first premiere of ‘The Snowman™ and The Snowdog‘ film.
The critically acclaimed animated sequel, ‘The Snowman™ and The Snowdog‘, suitably premiered on Channel 4 on Christmas Eve, 2012.
It was created with the late Raymond Briggs’ blessing and subsequently, in 2015, a book of the film was published by Puffin, bringing words to the story for the first time.
And, for the first time ever The Snowdog joins The Snowman™ on a UK 50p!
Interestingly for collectors, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog 50p features a design by award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw.
As well as being an accredited designer, Shaw also acted as assistant director on the 2012 film!
2022 UK The Snowman™ and The Snowdog
Undeniably, Snowman™ coins are some of the most popular out there, with previous issues selling out remarkably fast.
Three out of the now five Snowman™ 50ps are also no longer available at The Royal Mint, meaning you need to act fast to get your hands on this new coin.
And considering the brand new UK Snowman™ and The Snowdog 50p is available the same year as Raymond Briggs’ passing, it is comparatively the most poignant yet.
It’s also guaranteed to be one of the last UK coins with Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on the obverse. This is sure to drive demand for this brand new 50p…
As the UK’s only official Christmas coin, it is the perfect festive gift, that’s certainly going to warm the hearts of every collector (and every dog lover) out there!
In our video below, I talk you through Change Checker’s festive 50p range. Browse the range here >>
Get ahead this Christmas with Change Checker’s festive 50p range
Last year when the 2021 Snowman™ 50p was issued, I gave my top tips for building your own snowman! With the temperatures dropping, we can certainly hope for a white Christmas!
Each year, I eagerly anticipate the Isle of Man‘s latest Christmas issue. From the popular 2018 Hunt the Wren £2 to the charming Santa £2 of 2019, the Isle of Man are one of the best when it comes to festive coins.
But this year, I’ve been left mesmerised by the design of their latest £2 coin. Taking influence from the origins of Christmas, the 2021 Isle of Man Christmas £2 depicts a design of the Nativity scene from the stained glass window found in the Kirk Christ Church on the Island.
2021 Isle of Man Christmas Nativity £2
Designed by Glen Davies, this £2 coin is a truly unique festive addition to any collection this Christmas season. With Christmas just a matter of weeks away, this stunning £2 coin makes for the perfect gift or stocking filler for a friend or relative!
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Following in the popularity of previous Isle of Man Christmas coins, this set is sure to be in high demand amongst collectors.
JUST 5,000 will be entering circulation on the Isle of Man, so this coin will be particularly hard to come by, as I’m sure collectors on the island will be quick to snap them up!
The island has released some truly beautiful coins in recent years, and as their mintage figures are typically much lower than UK coins, they are often highly sought-after by collectors…
2020 ‘A Christmas Carol’ £2 Coins
In 2020, to mark the 150th year since the passing of Charles Dickens, the Isle of Man issued three enchanting £2 coins, each inspired by his timeless Christmas tale, A Christmas Carol, including:
- Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Present
- Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past and Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come
- Scrooge with Tiny Tim as a representation of his redemption
A Christmas Carol, published in 1843, is arguably one of Charles Dickens’ most famous novels – teaching us to keep the spirit of Christmas and kindness in our hearts all year round.
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2019 Santa £2 Coin
Prior to 2019, the Isle of Man issued Christmas themed 50ps most years. However, this incredibly popular Santa £2 coin created a new tradition.
This magical design features an enchanting portrait of Old St. Nick and bears the inscription ‘Nollick Ghennal’ which is Manx for ‘Merry Christmas’.
At the top of the coin, the distinctive Isle of Man Triskelion (three armoured legs) can be seen. This coin was so popular that sadly some Change Checkers missed out on securing it for their collections!
2018 Hunt the Wren £2
Boxing day on the Isle of Man, is often reserved for a very special but unusual tradition.
Communities come together across the island to dance and sing in the streets around “the king of all birds” who is paraded around on a pole.
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.
The practice dates back to Pagan times and is centred on the wren bird, which is hunted and then danced through the streets on a special pole.
This £2 coin was issued in 2018 by The Isle of Man to celebrate the Manx tradition.
With the Isle of Man having a history of remarkably popular coins, this latest £2 issue is SURE to be in high demand with collectors!
Are you a collector on the Isle of Man? Will you be checking your change for this brand new coin?
Celebrate the festive period with this brand new £2 coin!
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The 2021 Isle of Man Christmas Nativity £2 coin is a truly unique festive addition to any collection this Christmas season, or could even make the perfect Christmas gift or stocking filler for a friend or relative!
This brand new festive £2 coin has been struck to a superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality – the standard favoured amongst collectors – and has been carefully encapsulated in Official Change Checker packaging with that all-important security hologram guaranteeing its quality.