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Royal Mint launches Wallace and Gromit 50p coin

Joanna Faith
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Joanna Faith

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

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

It is inscribed with ‘CASEUS PRAESTANS’, which translates to ‘cracking cheese’.

The coin was designed by the creator of Wallace & Gromit, Nick Park and the team at Aardman.

The commemorative coins will not be entering general circulation but can be bought directly from the Royal Mint website.

The cheapest coin, the Brilliant Uncirculated finish, is £10 and there’s an unlimited supply of these.

You can also get a silver proof coin for £65. There are 25,000 of these available.

Finally, there’s the gold proof coin, which will set you back £980. There are just 630 of these.

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.”

It’s hard to say how much these coins will be worth, but a previous coin featuring Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbi reportedly sold on eBay for more than £800.