Celebrate the Holidays With New 50p Featuring Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas

Father ChristmasTM is a short animated film based on two books written by Raymond Briggs: Father Christmas and Father Christmas Goes on Holiday, published in 1973 and 1975, respectively. Father Christmas in these publications is a different interpretation of the stereotypical character. He still looks like the Santa we all know and love with his large white beard and red suit, but Raymond Briggs’ Father Christmas is rather grumpy and works from a normal house coping with everyday domestic chores with no Mrs. Claus or elves to assist him. The only other occupants of the house are his cat and dog and two reindeer.

The first book won the annual Kate Greenaway medal from the Library Association in 1973, which recognized 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 10 winning works.

  • Coins produced in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish and in color to bring this wonderful Character to life with low issue limit of 7,500
  • Cupro Nickel packaged in special festive Christmas Card and Christmas Decoration
  • Exclusively Licensed Product

The design shows an illustration of Father Christmas with his sack of presents over his shoulder and his satchel and flask on the other side. Approved by the Licensor and Buckingham Palace, which is very fitting as in the book the last delivery is to the Palace, the obverse of the coin carries the Pobjoy Mint effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

This stunning 50 Pence coin has been struck in Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish with the uncolored versions packaged in a delighted Christmas decoration in the shape of a bauble ready to hang on your Christmas tree and the colored versions presented in a special Christmas card to send to loved ones or to keep for yourself.

Coin Specifications

Metal: CuNi
Diameter: 27.30 mm
Weight: 8.00 g
Issue Limit: 7,500


The Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish colored coin will be packaged in a special Christmas card while the Cupro Nickel Diamond Finish uncolored coin will be presented in a special Christmas decoration that includes the Certificate of Authenticity.

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