Wallace and Gromit 50p coins are set to hit the UK today. The new coins have been issued by The Royal Mint, and are sure to bring joy to fans of the animation. Royal Mint are issuing a brilliant uncirculated finish 50p coin, a gold proof coin and a colour version.
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The coin is inspired by the original Wallace & Gromit short film, A Grand Day Out, and was designed by the creator of Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park and the team at Aardman.
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the classic short film.
The film followed Wallace, a sweet inventor with a strong passion for cheese.
His dog Gromit is is loyal companion, always getting his owner out of scrapes.
In A Grand Day Out Wallace and Gromit are forced to head to the moon after they run out of cheese and find the corner shop is closed, as it is a bank holiday.
Royal Mint said: “Two very special visitors are set to arrive at The Royal Mint on 29 October 2019, 30 years after they were first on screen and entered the nation’s hearts.”
The announcement was made on 11 October, and since, coin collectors have been waited with baited breath.
The coin is set to be sold in a presentation all about the coin.
Coin fans were given the opportunity to register their interest for the coins, launching today.
The well-loved characters will be seen side by side on the coin, with Wallace looking lovingly at his dog comparison.
The inscriptions “caseus prasetans” sits across the top of the coin, which means “excellent cheese” in Latin, Wallace’s famous catchphrase.
The coin obverse was designed by Jody Clark.
Another new 50p coin soon set the UK is the Brexit 50p coin.
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The Royal Mint will have three millions Brexit 50p coins ready to be released soon.
The project received the proclamation from the Queen on Tuesday night, the treasury confirmed.
The Brexit coins will feature the inscription: “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations.”
The Brexit 50p coin will be released into circulation on October 31 – the day the UK is due to leave the EU. However, this date has now been changed.
Which are the rarest £1, £2, 50p, 20p, 10p and 2p coins?
Rarest £2 coins
The rarest £2 coin is the 2002 Commonwealth Games NI coin with 485,500 in circulation. This is followed by the 2002 Commonwealth Games Wales which has 588,500 in circulation.
Next up is the 2015 Navy, and there are 650,000 in circulation.
Rarest £1 coins
The rarest £1 coins are all part of a series celebrating the British capitals.
The rarest of these is the 2011 Edinburgh coin, with 935,000 in circulation. Of the 2011 Cardiff coins there are 1,615,000 in circulation, while the 2010 London coin has 2,635,000 in circulation.
Rarest 50p coin
The rarest 50p coin is the Kew Gardens coin, which is also the rarest coin in circulation. There were only 210,000 minted.
The football Olympic 50p coin has 1,125,500 in circulation, and the wrestling coin has 1,129,500 in circulation.
It is not so easy to evaluate the rarest 20p coins, 10p coins and even 2p coins as exact circulation figures are not known.
However, various versions of the coins are known to sell for large sums.
These include the dateless 20ps, which are actually part of a run from 2008. There may be between 50,000 and 200,000 of these coins in circulation.
The 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin can also sell for a huge sum, up to £650.
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