Whether it’s in person or virtually this Christmas, we are ready to start singing from the hymn sheet as one of our favourite times of year approaches. And to make it even better, we can now reveal with great excitement our brand new Christmas Carol 50p Coins!
The tradition of singing Christmas Carols during the festive period dates back to the 19th century. In fact, it is believed that the Christmas Carol Service was invented in Truro by Edward White Benson, who later became the Archbishop of Canterbury.
These stunning new festive 50p coins celebrate some of the most renowned Christmas carols and I’m sure there are many of us, myself included, with very fond memories of singing carols throughout the festive season.
The FIVE new coins have been issued by Guernsey Treasury and are fully authorised by Her Majesty the Queen. Each feature a specially commissioned design by artist Jo Goodberry (you may remember she designed the incredibly popular Pantomime 50ps last year), including; Away in a Manger, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, O Little Town of Bethlehem, While Shepherds watched their flocks, and We Three Kings.
So whether you’re looking for the new centrepiece for your collection, you’re an avid 50p collector, or you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one, I’m sure you’ll love these new 50p coins.
Find out more about the different ways you can own these wonderful Christmas Carol 50p Coins below:
The Christmas Carol 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection Pack
Over the last couple of years, new 50p coins have launched a whole new generation of collectors and so demand for these latest 50ps is expected to be very high. The coins will arrive ready to display in a customised presentation pack. You can secure the complete set of FIVE TODAY for only £30.00!
The Limited Edition 2020 Christmas Carol Silver Proof 50p Coin Collection
The coins you can see here have all been struck from .925 Solid Silver to a pristine Proof finish and feature selective colour printing. Importantly, this set is one of the only ways you can own all five of these designs. None will be released individually. With an extremely limited worldwide mintage of JUST 2,020 they’re not expected to be available for long.
The 2020 Christmas Carol 50p Christmas Card
The new Brilliant Uncirculated ‘Hark the Herald’ Christmas 50p is the only coin from the collection to be available on its own within this stunning Christmas card. What better way is there to wish family and friends a very Merry Christmas? Priced at just £7.99 it’s the perfect way to get ahead with your Christmas shopping this year.
The Christmas Carol Ultimate 50p Coin Cover
The ULTIMATE Stamp and Coin Cover is also available for pre-order. Featuring all five coins in Brilliant Uncirculated quality, this cover has been carefully paired with the elusive 1982 Royal Mail Christmas Carol stamps. These stamps are not easy to get hold of, and only 750 covers are being released worldwide with a postmark on the first day of Advent – 1st December 2020.
I can’t help but get a little bit excited at this time of year, the cold nights, the bright lights and of course the count down to the big day!
But what’s most exciting for me, is to see the wonderfully festive coins being issued all over the world in time for Christmas.
And in the last few weeks, we’ve seen renowned Mints issue beautiful Christmas coins that would take pride of place in any collection and be treasured forever!
So if the dark dreary winter months are getting you down, these stunning festive coins are sure to perk you up.
I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite 2019 Christmas coins from around the world that I’d like to share with you, starting of course with a truly spectacular festive release…
The coin so sought-after it SOLD OUT before the official release date!
Before anything else, you should know that this coin proved so popular that it’s already SOLD OUT.
This coin truly is a piece of excellence from The Royal Canadian Mint and pushes the limits on what can be achieved through minting.
State of the art innovative gyroscopic technology allows the coin to actually move (see for yourself in the video below!) and a sophisticated design magnificently merges engraving and casting and silver and gold.
This outstanding work of art has to be seen to be believed and will add a dose of Christmas cheer to any family occasion – or mantelpiece!
But remember, unfortunately it’s now SOLD OUT and it’s easy to see why!
Darth Vader Silver Note
Did you know that the most recent Star Wars films have been released around Christmas? For many, it is a family tradition and this year is set to be no different with the release of The Rise of Skywalker on 19th December.
Officially licensed by Lucasfilm Ltd, just 10,000 of these PURE Silver ‘Seasons Greeting’ Notes featuring a ‘thrilled’ Sith Lord, Darth Vader, have been issued worldwide.
When you consider that of Star Wars is the 2nd highest grossing film franchise of all time, it certainly won’t be enough to meet fan demands.
Wish upon a star…
A three-dimensional 1oz Antique Silver Twinkling Star
Produced using Smartminting technology©, this magnificent three-dimensional coin has an incredibly intricate level of detail – making it appear sculpted rather than struck!
A coin like this is nothing short of revolutionary and earns its place as one of Collectors Gallery’s favourite Christmas finds.
Cook Islands 2019 Winter Wonderland Globe
Festive coins are popular in themselves, but when put inside of a REAL snow globe – it really brings the magic of the coin to life.
Struck from FINE .999 Silver, the coin has been placed inside a globe which has been produced in Vienna by the Perzy family who invented them in the 19th century.
Every single globe is handcrafted, made of the highest quality glass and filled with pure alpine water to create the perfect illusion when the coin is shaken over the family scene.
All previous coins within the snow globe collections have SOLD OUT and – as easily the most traditional of them all – this is expected to be no different.
This coin is limited to just 2,019 worldwide – so if you want to get your hands on one in time for the festive season you’ll have to be fast!
Own your personal
Guardian Angel Coin
Often struck in unusual shapes and smaller than a five pence piece, the intricate detail achieved really is outstanding!
This re-issued coin features a Guardian Angel in the form of Saint Michael, slaying the devil in the form of a dragon – Raphael Maklouf’s renowned artistry. For many of us, the thought of a Guardian Angel watching over us and protecting us is a comforting one – and this coin means you’ll have one looking over you this Christmas.
The design is framed by an elaborate border with variations of the Isle of Man’s coat of arms, the triskele, which appears at the top above the angel’s halo – and all of this on just a 14mm coin!
If you’re interested…
But that’s not all the festive fun! There’s plenty of other incredible commemoratives available in our complete Christmas Collection. To view the full range click here >>
With the festive season underway, Christmas-themed coins and medals are proving popular with collectors again this year.
I’ve taken a look at the stories behind 5 of the most collectible Christmas coins and medals available today…
The star- shaped Christmas coin:
This Australian festive star-shaped Christmas coin features a beautiful full-colour image of a snow-covered Christmas tree. But what makes it even more special is the hole in the capsule, which allows a ribbon to be tied transforming the coin into a Christmas tree ornament.
Struck from .999 silver in an innovative star-shaped design, this coin would be the highlight of any tree!
The only ‘official’ Christmas coin:
This coin, featuring a gold-plated Rudolph, can lay claim to being the world’s only ‘official’ Christmas coin. Why? Because it is issued on behalf of ‘Christmas Island’ – a tiny Pacific atoll that is part of Kiribati.
Each year, Christmas Island releases a new edition of this silver crown coin, and they have become some of the most sought after festive coins issued worldwide. After all, you can’t get more authentic than a Christmas coin from Christmas Island!
The fastest-selling and most collectible coins in the world:
The Royal Canadian Mint Silver $20 Coins have become a collecting phenomenon. First issued in 2011 they became some of the fastest-selling, most collectible coins of all time.
The very first mintage of 200,000 coins sold out within 29 days – that’s 7,000 coins a day.
Both of these coins have sold out in Canada and it’s unlikely to be long until they sell out in the UK too.
A moving Christmas tribute:
The French Mint, La Monnaie de Paris, have issued a medal to pay tribute to the soldiers of the First World War.
The artistic masterpiece features a design that represents the Christmas Truce – showing a scene of rare peace and goodwill between enemy soldiers in the trenches.
The Christmas Truce was a series of widespread but unofficial ceasefires along the Western Front around Christmas 1914. In the week leading up to the holiday, German and British soldiers crossed trenches to exchange seasonal greetings and talk.
Roughly 100,000 British and German troops were involved in the unofficial cessations of hostility along the Western Front.
The Snowman and the Snowdog:
Everyone is familiar with the magical Christmas story of The Snowman and The Snowdog. Last year, the Isle of Man issued a crown-sized coin featuring the loveable characters from the 2012 sequel film to Raymond Briggs classic story.
The Snowman and The Snowdog is a 2012 animated short film. It is the sequel to The Snowman, and was created to mark the 30th anniversary of the original short film. The Snowman and The Snowdog is dedicated to John Coates, the film’s producer, who died in September 2012.
If you fancy adding a Christmas coin to your collection, or perhaps as a gift, we have just 24 star-shaped Christmas Coins available.