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The Snowman 2018 and 2019 by the Royal Mint


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The Snowman(tm) 2018 and 2019 by the Royal Mint

Since 2016, the Royal Mint finally decided to mint cartoonish coins and made the blue Peter 50p coin prolong famous in the numismatic world. Two years later, the Mint slowly moved into the Xmas market by issuing the Snowman(tm) 50p coin. Right now, it has been 2 coins on the market. Note, the very first Royal Mint Christmas or Christmas-related theme was released in 2016 £20 silver bullion coin, and then 2017 and 2018 £5 coins.

What are we talking here today, it is Christmas-related theme, the Snowman(tm) 50p coin. This theme starts in 2018 onwards. Metal it will be in silver.

The year 2018,

  • The Snowman(tm) 2018, 50p silver proof coin
  • The Snowman(tm) 2018, 50p silver proof coin–a close look

it was glad to see the Snowman(tm) again, especially issued by the Royal Mint. However, the very 1st Snowman was released in 2003, the Snowman & James, by the British Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the government of Isle of Man. It has been a while, 15 years!

Two things we cover here mainly, one is the outer packaging and another is coin itself. Firstly, outer packaging itself is designed for the purpose of gifting to people who search for a gift during the period of Christmas, because it is once a year. In general, it was produced by the way of simplifying the concept of snowball glass. Selling at £60 per unit is not bad for a good choice. However, moving down to coin itself, it is hard to say good or bad. By looking at the reverse side of the coin, colour-printed picture-formatted, very very simple and cant even say we live in 2018. It is even no any illustration word or heading on the reverse. If you hold coin itself, you only see flying the Snowman(tm) and Billy. This theme of the Snowman(tm) and Billy 2018 is also able to be seen from Isle of Man 2014 1 crown coin. In terms of coin grade, the Royal Mint quality guaranteed proof standard finish is highly visible.

The year 2019,

  • The Snowman(tm) 2019, 50p silver proof coin
  • The Snowman(tm) 2019, 50p silver proof coin–a close look

the outer packaging was better than 2018 and making better feeling about the Christmas festival days, but, you had to pay for £65 per unit. Coin itself this year was worse than last year. Because there was no any good and surprise innovation on. Just simply let flying the Snowman(tm) transform into a standing feature on the ground. At this stage, something is popping out from my head, yes, the 2016 Beatrix Potter series, later soon, this series become a milk-cow production line.

Finally, let we summarise mintage figures of the Snowman(tm) 50p coin 2018 and 2019 in Table A.

Table A: the Snowman(tm) 50p coin 2018 and 2019.
Year Mintage (base metal) Mintage (silver) Mintage (gold) Theme
2018 unlimited 15,000 400 the Snowman(tm), Flying the Snowman & Billy
2019 unlimited 25,000 600 the Snowman(tm), a Standing feature

The year 2019, it is coming to an end and a new year is waiting for us ahead, I wish all collectors and people who are reading it a Merry Christmas and a Happy New! Enjoying the great time with your family. Thank you for your support. A new Year, a new start.

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Gibraltar £2 (Two Pounds) Bimetallic Silver Proof Coin The Labours of Hercules (1st issue)


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Gibraltar £2 (Two pounds) Bimetallic Silver Proof Coin — the 12 Labours of Hercules (original issue)

In this part, you are going to see the labours of Hercules on £2 bimetallic metal in silver, made by the Pobjoy Mint on behalf of the government of Gibraltar during the period of 1997 to 2000. Based on KM# info, it is limited at 7,500 each, but the entire 12 coins in a presentation box only 1,000 sets available. List no. in Krause book is covering from KM#755a, KM#756a, KM#757a, … to KM#766a. It is extremely hard to see the 12-coin as set in a Pobjoy presentation box with set coa, especially in silver bimetallic proof grade. Note coins made before 2000 are so-called silver gilt, but gold plated on silver after 2000.

  1. Slay the Nemean lion (KM#755a) (note: silver gilt)
  2. Slay the nine-headed Lernaean Hydra (#KM756a) (note: silver gilt)
  3. Capture the Ceryneian Hind (KM#757a) (note: silver gilt)
  4. Capture the Erymanthian Boar (KM#758a) (note: silver gilt)
  5. Clean the Augean stables in a single day (KM#759a) (note: silver gilt)
  6. Capture the Cretan Bull (KM#760a) (note: silver gilt)
  7. Slay the Stymphalian Birds (KM#761a) (note: silver gilt)
  8. Steal the Mares Diomedes (KM#762a) (note: silver gilt)
  9. Obtain the girdle of Hippolyta (KM#763a) (note: partially gold plated)
  10. Obtain the cattle of the monster Geryon (KM#764a) (note: partially gold plated)
  11. Steal the apples of the Hesperides (KM#765a) (note: partially gold plated)
  12. Capture and bring back Cerberus (KM#766a) (note: partially gold plated)