The Royal Mint launches a new Wallace and Gromit 50p coin to celebrate 30th anniversary

29 October 2019, 12:55 | Updated: 29 October 2019, 13:51

The Royal Mint has launched a new Wallace and Gromit 50p coin to celebrate 30th anniversary
The Royal Mint has launched a new Wallace and Gromit 50p coin to celebrate 30th anniversary. Picture: PA

By Rory O'Connor

Wallace and Gromit has been on our screens for 30 years, and to mark the occasion will be turned into coins!

The Royal Mint has launched a Wallace and Gromit 50p coin to mark 30 years since the famous duo first hit TV screens.

While the coins won’t actually go into circulation, fans of the show can get their hands on the coin which is inspired by the original short film, A Grand Day Out.

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The coin features cheese-loving inventor Wallace and his dog Gromit along with the outer shell of the rocket ship that took the pair to the moon.

In the film, the pair built a rocket ship where they tucked in to a picnic of moon cheese and crackers.

The Royal Mint's Wallace and Gromit 50p coin
The Royal Mint's Wallace and Gromit 50p coin. Picture: PA

The 50p coin is inscribed with “CASEUS PRAESTANS”, which translates to “cracking cheese” and was designed by the creator of Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park and the team at Aardman.

Nick said: “When A Grand Day Out was first screened thirty years ago, we never expected for Wallace and Gromit to become such a long-standing, well-loved series around the world. It's been an honour to work with The Royal Mint to bring the pair to life in a new way.”

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Since the first movie came out back in 1989, the series has won over 100 awards at festivals - including three Academy Awards and five BAFTA Awards.

The cheapest coin, the Brilliant Uncirculated finish, is £10 - with an unlimited supply on the Royal Mint’s website.

Wallace and Gromit have their own 50p coin to celebrate their 30th anniversary
Wallace and Gromit have their own 50p coin to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Picture: PA

The next step up is the silver proof coin which will set fans back £65 - but there will only be 25,000 of these made.

Finally, at £980 fans can purchase a gold proof coin, with just 630 of these on the site.

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Nicola Howell, director of the consumer division at The Royal Mint, said: “Wallace and Gromit are two of Britain’s most loved characters, so we felt it was only right that we marked this momentous anniversary by giving them a place on UK coinage.

“The films are such a huge part of our popular culture and are loved by generations of all ages, so we’re delighted that we can be a part of the 30th anniversary celebrations.”