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The Snowman is a children's picture book without words by English author Raymond Briggs, first published in 1978 by Hamish Hamilton in the United Kingdom, and published by Random House in the United States in November of the same year. The book was adapted into a twenty-six-minute animated television special in 1982, which debuted on Channel 4 in the UK on 26 December. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. The animated special became prominent in British popular culture and its showings have since become an annual festive event.
On a cold winter’s night a snowman comes to life and befriends the little boy who built him. After exploring the boy’s house together and sharing a candlelit feast, the pair fly across the frozen countryside, before racing home to beat the dawn, but wonder turns to sadness. The next morning, the boy wakes to find his snowman has melted.
As the story of The Snowman turns 40 in 2018, the Royal Mint presented commemorative coins struck especially for the occasion. This year the magic returns to The Royal Mint with the second ever Snowman coin. The fold-out packaging features illustrations by Robin Shaw – Assistant Director of The Snowman and the Snowdog.
The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.
·ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·50 PENCE·2019
Depicts James and the Snowman just before they’re about to fly off on their magical adventure to the North Pole. The coin showcases the snowy scenery surrounding James, who looks up at the Snowman with excitement as they embark on their journey.
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