The Royal Mint marks start of winter with release of latest The Snowman coin

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Britain's Royal Mint, official maker of UK coins, revealed a collectable 50p coin to celebrate ten years since the release of The Snowman and the Snowdog on Tuesday.

The collectable 50p coin celebrating the heart-warming story of The Snowman and The Snowdog will see Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's portrait feature on the obverse (heads) side of the coin.

Following the popularity of The Snowman coin series, the 2022 design tells the story of a boy, Billy, who discovers the original snowman-making kit hidden under his bedroom floorboards.

Billy builds the snowman, and with a little leftover snow, a snowdog. That night, the two come to life and Billy joins them on an enchanting adventure.

The Royal Mint has introduced innovative digital colour-printing technology to bring the design to life, keeping true to the hand-drawn, nostalgic quality of Robin Shaw's original sketches.

Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at The Royal Mint, said, "The Royal Mint first celebrated the heart-warming tale of The Snowman on official UK coins in 2018.

"Today, we are delighted to introduce another collectable 50p coin to the series celebrating ten years since the release of The Snowman and The Snowdog. This year's design is just as charming as ever and features an exclusive design by award-winning illustrator Robin Shaw."

Shaw added, "It's a joy to be revisiting The Snowdog after 10 years. I've always been rather pleased when he's around and imagined him keeping The Snowman company when we're not looking."