Father Christmas Has Arrived at Pobjoy Mint - 2019 Christmas 50 Pence Coin OUT NOW!

Following the amazing success of our 2018 Father Christmas 50 Pence Coin, Pobjoy Mint is proud to present a new design for 2019, once again featuring Father Christmas by Raymond Briggs™. 

Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas:

It is difficult not to know who Father Christmas is, but this particular portrayal of Father Christmas is derived from a British Children's book written, and illustrated, by Raymond Briggs, whom also wrote The Snowman. The books, known as Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday were published in 1973 and 1975 respectively. Father Christmas is these publications is a different interpretation than that of the stereotypical character.

He still looks like the Santa we all know and love, with his large white beard and red suit. However, Raymond Briggs' Father Christmas is rather grumpy and works from a normal house whilst coping with everyday domestic chores; he doesn't even have a Mrs Claus or Elves to assist him. He also lives with his cat and his dog, and two reindeer. 

The first book won the annual Kate Greenway medal from the Library Association in 1973 which recognised the year's best children's book illustration by a British subject. In addition, for the 50th Anniversary of the Medal in 2005, a panel named it one of the Top Ten winning works. 

Our 2019 Christmas Coin: 

The design for Pobjoy Mint's 2019 Father Christmas 50 Pence shows an illustration from Raymond Briggs' book featuring Father Christmas with his dog at his feet and his cat sitting on his shoulder. The inscription on the coin reads "Father Christmas" and the value "Fifty Pence" is displayed at the base. 

Approved by the Licensor and Buckingham Palace (which is very fitting as in the book, the last Christmas delivery is to the Palace), the obverse of the coin carries the Pobjoy Mint Exclusive effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. 

Our new coin is available in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish, with a coloured coin presented in a beautiful Christmas Card or an uncoloured coin presented in a stunning Christmas Decoration. 

Coin Highlights:

  • 2019 Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish 50p Coin Presented in a Beautiful Festive Card or Decoration
  • Exclusively Licensed Product! FATHER CHRISTMAS™ by Raymond Briggs
  • Issue Limit: 8,500
  • Issued on behalf of the Gibraltar Government 
  • The Only Christmas Coin in a Christmas Card OR Decoration Available on the Market by Pobjoy Mint 
  • Also available in Proof Silver Piedfort