New Gruffalo 50p launches celebrating 20 years of clever mice and scary beasts

The story of the Gruffalo has been delighting children for 20 years, and now a new commemorative 50p is being launched celebrating the anniversary of the beloved book's release.

The Gruffalo, was written by Julia Donaldson and first published 20 years ago, accompanied by colourful illustrations from Axel Scheffler. It's gone on to sell 14.5 million copies worldwide.

And now, the moment the of the beast's first meeting with Mouse in the woods will feature on a coin of the realm.

Nicola Howell, director of consumer at the Royal Mint said: "Following the fantastic response to the Gruffalo's debut appearance on a 50p coin to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the book, we are delighted to introduce an additional coin capturing Mouse and Gruffalo's first meeting, continuing the story of one of the world's most favourite literary monsters on UK coins."


The new coin, produced by the Royal Mint, will not be entering general circulation but is available to buy from its website.

The Mint has already produced another Gruffalo 50p, launched earlier this year and showing the Gruffalo alone.

Donaldson, said: "The launch of the first Gruffalo coins in February was a great 20th birthday present for him, and the issue of a second collectable 50p coin in the same year feels like the icing on his birthday cake."

Scheffler, said: "Having never imagined that the Gruffalo would appear on a coin, it is great that we have two coins in the 20th year of the book.

"A love of the story unites children across the world and I hope that they will be able to cherish these stories for a long time."


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