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New 50p Coins Featuring Iconic Disney Movies Launch Today

Don’t spend them all at once

Scrooge McDuck has something else to put in his vault as there’s a limited edition run of coins celebrating Disney. The House of Mouse has some of the most iconic animated movies of all time, and now, you can celebrate three of them in coin form.

While the Guernsey Treasury is releasing a special line of five 50p coins, this sadly isn’t in conjunction with Mickey. That being said, there are colourful coins for Aladdin, Cinderella, and Snow White to celebrate panto season. The other coins honour Dick Whittington and Jack and the Beanstalk.

Artist Ian Rank-Broadley has designed the coins — which are sure to become collector’s items. The standard cupro-nickel coins cost £30 for the set of five, but you’ll have to dig around for a little more loose change if you want the colour versions. Available to buy from the Westminster Collection site, the colour set is a whopping £325.

The Guernsey Treasury is (cleverly) commissioning just 2,019 coins, and bearing in mind the 25,000 Gruffalo coins sold in just one day, you’d better be quick.


The Westminster Collection

Don’t worry though, 20,000 of each coin will be created and sent into circulation in time for Christmas, meaning you might get to accidentally pick one up without having to part with your cash. Be warned though, these are going to be pretty rare.

Previously, the 2009 Kew Garden’s 100th Anniversary coin was released in a batch of 210,000. That’s a lot more than the panto coins, but hasn’t stopped a Kew coin fetching up to £148 on eBay.

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The Westminster Collection

Yeah, they’re pretty cool, but do they really compare to (the discontinued) Disney Dollars? There was a time that if you headed to the Disney parks, chances are you’ve ended with a wallet full of these cute notes. Swapping the likes of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Benjamin Franklin for Mickey, Goofy, and Donald, Disney Dollars can only be spent within the confines of the “happiest place on Earth”.

If you’re worried about accidentally spending your panto coins, don’t worry. Even though the Rank-Broadley 50ps have been officially commissioned by the Queen, the fact they are made by the Guernsey Treasury means you won’t be able to spend them in the UK.

[Featured Image: The Westminster Collection/Disney]



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