Royal Mint launches Mr Men coins to mark 50th anniversary of iconic books – how to get one

Royal Mint launches Mr Men coins to mark 50th anniversary of iconic books – how to get one

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The Royal Mint, the original maker of UK coins, often releases commemorative coin collections to mark special anniversaries. There will be three designs available that have been created exclusively by Adam Hargreaves, son of creator Roger Hargreaves, to mark the characters’ 50th anniversary.

Roger Hargreaves was the main author and illustrator of Mr. Men and Little Miss which had several books in its series.

The inspiration of the books came from a simple question: “What does a tickle look like?”

This was when Mr Tickle was invented.

The iconic books became a global favourite and includes more than 90 characters in an ever-growing collection.

The character books are now read in multiple languages across the world in 24 countries.

Today, the Mr. Men Little Miss characters are illustrated by Roger’s son, Adam.

Speaking on the release of The Royal Mint’s new coins, Adam said: “It is an absolute honour to not only have the Mr. Men Little Miss characters’ feature on official UK commemorative coins but to have the opportunity to create the designs that feature on the coins too.

“Over the past 50 years Mr. Men Little Miss characters’ have grown to become a global favourite amongst many and I am delighted to be celebrating 50 years of fun with The Royal Mint and I hope fans of the Mr. Men Little Miss series will be just as thrilled with this commemorative coin collection as I am.”

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The three designs available to purchase features Mr Happy, Little Miss Giggles, Mr Strong and little Miss Sunshine.

The characters are available on a commemorative £5 coin and are available in gold and silver, as well as a special colour printed ‘Brilliant Uncirculated’ edition.

The Royal Mint’s uncirculated edition of the coin features the latest colour printing techniques showcasing the Mr. Men Little Miss characters in bright colours.

The company will also be hiding 50 golden Mr Tickle tickets amongst all three of the colour brilliant uncirculated commemorative coins.

Every customer that finds a gold Mr Tickle ticket will also be entitled to a Mr Men and Little Miss prize bundle.

Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said: “Each year we celebrate British icons, anniversaries and moments from history on commemorative coins, and this is a fun new addition to the collection.

“With this year marking the 50th anniversary since the Mr. Men Little Miss characters were introduced to the world, it felt right to celebrate the loveable characters on their own commemorative coins.

“All three coin designs have been designed exclusively by Adam Hargreaves, son of Roger Hargreaves the original creator and illustrator of the Mr. Men Little Miss.

“I had the pleasure of chatting to Adam in a recent zoom call and it was brilliant to hear his positive feedback on the range.”

All products are now available online as well as Little Miss Sunshine and Mr Happy piggy banks.

Prices start at £13 and there is also a one ounce gold proof coin in a denomination of £100 that is available for £2,370.

The set of three coloured coins cost £67.50 or they can be purchased separately for £22.50 a piece.

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