The Royal Mint is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the animated double-act, Wallace & Gromit in the best and only way it knows how, with the launch of an official Wallace & Gromit commemorative coin.
Celebrating three decades of this iconic duo and its impact on British culture, the new 50 pence piece was launched on Tuesday this week on a coin depicting the pair with the Latin inscription ‘caseus praestans’, translating to ‘cracking cheese.’
The coin was designed by the Royal Mint by Wallace and Gromit creator, Nick Park and the team at Aardman, and is inspired by the 1989 original short film, A Grand Day Out.
Park said: “When A Grand Day Out was first screened 30 years ago, we never expected for Wallace and Gromit to become such a long-standing, well loved series around the world.
“It’s been an honour to work with The Royal Mint to bring the pair to life in a new way, and everyone at Aardman is so excited to see the pair on a coin.”
The uncirculated coin can be bought in a range of finishes, starting at £10. A silver proof version is available for £65 and the 15.5g gold proof coin carries a £980 price tag.
Nicola Howell, director of the consumer division at The Royal Mint, added: “Wallace and Gromit are two of Britain’s most loved characters, so we felt it was only right that we marked this momentous anniversary by giving them a place on UK coinage.
“The films are such a huge part of our popular culture and are loved by generations of all ages, so we’re delighted that we can be a part of the 30th anniversary celebrations.”