For 50 years, the Mr. Men and Little Misses have been delighting children and adults alike for generations with their charming, cheeky and, clever antics.

But now, in 2021 we see them delighting the coin collecting world as well, as The Royal Mint has revealed a new £5 coin series celebrating the inhabitants of Dillydale.

2021 UK Mr. Strong and Little Miss Giggles™ £5

The second coin in this wonderful series has JUST been released and features the strongest person in all the land and the Little Miss who can’t stop giggling!

Secure the 2021 UK Mr. Strong and Little Miss Giggles £5 for JUST £10.99 (+p&p) by clicking here >>

Adam Hargreaves’ design of the Mr Strong and Little Miss Giggles™ £5 features these famous characters set against the meadows of Dillydale.

Excitingly, this is only coin in the Mr. Men and Little Miss series to feature more than one character on its design!

This coin is available to order in Brilliant Uncirculated quality for JUST £10.99 (+p&p) when you click here >>

The first coin in the series, the Mr. Happy £5 is already proving incredibly popular with collectors. To secure this coin for your collection, simply click here.

Mr. Men and Little Miss £5 Series

What’s more, you can also pre-order the final coin in the series, celebrating Little Miss Sunshine, ahead of its individual release when you click here!

2021 UK Mr. Happy™ £5

The very first coin in this series features none other than Mr. Happy himself!

Adam Hargreaves’ design of this £5 coin features the instantly recognisable and much-loved Mr Happy at the centre.

Excitingly for collectors, this is the first time Mr. Happy has featured on a UK coin and we think he’s made a very grand entrance!

This coin is available to order in Brilliant Uncirculated quality for JUST £10.99 (+p&p). Simply click here >>

50 Years of Fun

Charles Roger Hargreaves was an english author and illustrator, best known for his creation of the world-famous Mr. Men and Little Miss stories.

Roger Hargreaves. Credit: GoodReads https://www.goodreads.com/photo/author/3206.Roger_Hargreaves

The Mr. Men and Little Miss books first originated with Mr Tickle. Hargreaves son asked him what a tickle looked like, so he drew a round orange man with long arms that could reach anywhere!

Mr Tickle was such a success with his son and the general public, that Hargreaves went on to create a whole world of Mr Men and Little Miss characters.

As of 2015, there have been 30 books, with over 85 Mr. Men and Little Miss characters featuring and now, they feature on a UK coin series for the very first time.

Following the popularity of previous children’s literature themed coins, we’re expecting these coins to be a huge hit with collectors!

Let’s take a closer look at previous UK coins that have celebrated children’s literature…

Beatrix Potter 50p Series

A selection of the Beatrix Potter 50p coins.

In 2016 a new series of 50p coins were confirmed celebrating renowned children’s author Beatrix Potter.

From Peter Rabbit, to the Tailor of Gloucester we’ve seen some of Potter’s most-loved characters feature on our 50p coin. These coins truly did spark a whole new interest in collecting, that spanned across generations.

In fact, these coins were so popular that we saw the main man himself, Peter Rabbit, feature in the series FIVE times – a testament to the nation’s love of this cheeky little bunny.

Whilst some of these coins are no longer available from The Royal Mint, you can still get your hands on some of them from Change Checker. Simply click here to find out more >>

Paddington 50p Coins

2018 & 2019 Paddington 50ps

In 2018, a brand new series of 50p coins were issued to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington’s first appearance in Michael Bond’s story, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’.

The first two coins in the series featured Paddington at the Station and Paddington at the Palace. Later, in 2019, Paddington returned this time at the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

These coins have proved so popular with collectors since their initial release and have been the talking point of recent years. Change Checker has a range of collecting packs and products for you to store your coins in when you find them in your change! Find out more here >>

The Gruffalo 50p Coins

2019 Gruffalo 50ps

In 2019, two Gruffalo 50p coins were issued to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Julia Donalson’s much-loved children’s tale.

The first coin to be released, featuring an image of the Gruffalo, with his famous horns and teeth at the centre, was so popular that the silver-proof version sold out in less than 12 hours!

Later in the year, The Gruffalo returned, this time with his adorable companion from the tale, Mouse.

If you want to find out more about these incredible 50p coins, you can do so by clicking here >>


We love these brand new Mr. Men and Little Miss £5 coins! Will you be securing them for your collection? Let us know in the comments below!


Secure the brand new 2021 UK Mr Strong and Little Miss Giggles™ £5 for your collection!

Secure the 2021 UK Mr. Strong and Little Miss Giggles £5 coin for JUST £10.99 (+p&p) by clicking here >>

Own the brand new 2021 Mr Strong and Little Miss Giggles™ £5 in superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality for JUST £10.99 (+p&p) by clicking here >>

You can also use this opportunity to pre-order the Little Miss Sunshine, ahead of their individual releases later in the year.

Your coins have been protectively encapsulated in Official Change Checker packaging to preserve for generations to come.

The countdown has begun and in JUST 50 days, our decimal coinage will celebrate its 50th anniversary!

Join in with our celebrations!

To celebrate the anniversary of the biggest change our UK coinage has ever seen, we’ve launched a 50 Day Countdown until the Decimalisation Anniversary!

Every day, for 50 days, we’ll be posting different activities for you to read, watch and get involved in. We’ve got quizzes, giveaways and so much more planned, so make sure you’ve got your eyes peeled across all of our channels so that you can get involved!

The 50th anniversary of Decimal Day marks a significant change in our UK currency which changed the day to day lives of every British Citizen in the United Kingdom.

It was the subject of passionate debate for centuries, so during our 50 Day Countdown, we’ll be taking a closer look at the history and story behind the decimal changeover. To test your knowledge, we’ll even have some quizzes for you to get involved with!

So, will you be joining us on our Countdown?

Make sure you’ve subscribed to the Change Checker Podcast, our Youtube channel and you’ve followed us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to make sure you don’t miss out on some of the exciting prizes up for grabs!


If you have memories of the changeover, or have any interesting facts about Decimalisation, make sure you’re commenting below!


Secure the 14 coins which were affected by the decimal changeover with the Decimalisation Collector Page!

This collector page includes space to display the 14 coins which were affected by the decimal changeover on ‘D-Day’ in 1971 and makes for the perfect heirloom for any aspiring collector, or for those interested in the heritage of British coins.

Using secure push-fit blisters to display each coin in the collection, your collector page is also designed to fit neatly inside the Change Checker Album.

Secure yours for JUST £30.00 (+p&p) when you click here >>

Since the 2020 Change Checker Awards were opened to celebrate the very best people in the world of change collecting, nominations have been flooding in, and it really has been incredible to hear all of your stories from the last year.

It’s certainly meant we’ve had a really tough job deciding on the winners, but with thanks to our panel of judges from the Change Checker team and AllAboutCoins, our well deserved winners have now been selected…

Change Checker of the Year

Winner:

Ben Osborne

‘Ben the coin collector’, as he is known by to his friends and family, is both an avid collector and supporter of the collecting community. He has built up an extensive collection of coins, whilst also encouraging others to take up the hobby too.

Well done Ben!

Runner-up:

Ann Weaver

Ann has gone above and beyond in helping others complete their collections this year. She has exchanged money for commemorative coins for those who have been unable to visit the banks themselves.

Congratulations Ann!

Junior Change Checker of the Year

Winner:

Emily Jackson

Emily has been collecting coins for over 2 years now, and she has successfully filled 4 Change Checker albums with her impressive collections! She even donated some of her coins to a local care home to encourage residents to take up the hobby.

Congratulations Emily!

Runner-up:

Michael Clough

Michael has become an avid coin collector, who regularly swaps on the Change Checker Community Group and loves hunting through bags of coins for coins he can add to his collection. He’s also made generous donations of coins to others – an attribute that is highly regarded in the collecting community.

Congratulations Michael!


Matt, a panel member at AllAboutCoins, said:

‘Wow, the team at allaboutcoins.co.uk were blown away by the entrants for this year’s awards, with so many heart-warming stories and inspirational collectors. It’s been a heck of a year, and so hearing how coin enthusiasts used their interest in coins to help others was brilliant.

Congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone who entered or simply got some pleasure from our wonderful hobby during 2020. We hope the winners enjoy reading Coin Collector magazine and we will watch their progress with interest!’


Coin Design of the Year

It comes as no surprise that the 2020 Coin Design of the Year is awarded to the Team GB 50p!

2020 UK Team GB 50p

This coin has been the talking point of the year in the collecting community, as we saw its initial release be postponed to 2021 as a result of the Olympic Games also being postponed.

However, the coin was available in the Annual Coin Sets, which led collectors to question whether we’d see two versions of this 50p, with different mintage figures.

Later in 2020 it was confirmed that the 2021 issued coin, would have the same design as the 2020 version, but with the new date included – meaning there will definitely be two versions of the Team GB 50p!

Have you got a 2020 dated Team GB 50p in your collection? Let us know below!

Coin Art of the Year

A huge congratulations to Natalie Christie, for her amazing guitar coin art, Gemma Louise for her tribute to the wonderful NHS, and Kerry Taylor’s heart of 50ps. You’ve each won a set of 3 Trading Cards, so send us an email at info@changechecker.org or send us a private message on Facebook with your address to claim your prize.

Coin Story of the Year

The winner of the 2020 Coin Story of the Year Award goes to George Nixon, of This Is Money, for his article on the adorable 2020 Winnie the Pooh 50p series.

George Nixon of This Is Money with his Change Checker Coin Story of the Year Trophy.

Speaking to Change Checker, George said, “[When he] was just a small boy, I like many kids was in love with the Hundred Acre Wood and the stories of Winnie the Pooh. It’s fitting and especially lovely then to have won this award for this particular story.”


A big thank you once again to AllAboutCoins for supporting us this year and of course a huge congratulations to all of our winners and all the fantastic entries we had this year.

We’d like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support in 2020 and hope that 2021 is a fantastic year of Change Checking for you all!


If you’re interested in coin collecting, our Change Checker web app is completely free to use and allows users to:

– Find and identify the coins in their pocket
– Collect and track the coins they have
– Swap their spare coins with other Change Checkers

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