Royal Mint releases new Snowman 50p coin in time for Christmas

THE Royal Mint has released new coins featuring The Snowman – and two of them have already sold out.

There are three new coins including the first ever with a design entirely in colour – but none of them will end up in your pocket unless you buy them as they will not enter circulation.

The colourful silver proof coin – which has an RRP of £60 but is already sold out – features a classic scene from the book, where The Snowman flies over Brighton Pier, with the bright city lights and twinkling stars shown in the background.

Fifteen-thousand went on sale today on Royal Mint's website along with a £775 gold proof and more affordable £3.99 "brilliant uncirculated" versions of the coin.

The gold proof coin – only 400 of which have been minted – has already sold out online too.

There are currently no plans for the coins to go into circulation, but the Royal Mint told The Sun that "this could change in the future".

Coin collecting website ChangeChecker couldn't put a value on the new coins – but they expect they will be sold for more than their recommended retail price.

Sellers have already started flogging the coins on eBay, with auction prices starting at £125 for the silver proof colour design.

A spokeswoman from Change Checker said demand for the new coins has been "unprecedented".

A spokeswoman from coin collecting website ChangeChecker said: "Although unfortunately the coin won’t be issued into circulation, we are certain that collectors won’t be put off of adding this coin to their collections.

"The popularity of the coin really has been unprecedented – both the silver proof and gold versions of the coin are now completely sold out.

"It’s hard to comment on its potential future value… but because of this sell out and the fact that previous Snowman 50p releases from the Isle of Man regularly sell for way above their face value, we have no doubt that this coin will be just as sought-after, if not more."

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Yesterday we revealed that a rare Samuel Johnson 50p coin has sold for £3,500 on eBay.

Last month, two new Paddington Bear coins were also finally released after leaked versions sold for £16,000.

And a month earlier, rare Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter coins sold for £840.

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