The Royal Mint launches new coin to celebrate 30 years of Wallace & Gromit
The Royal Mint has unveiled a new 50p coin to mark Wallace & Gromit’s 30th anniversary, designed by creator Nick Park.
Inspired by the original short film, A Grand Day Out, the commemorative coin depicts Wallace and Gromit and the outer shell of the rocket ship that took them to the moon. The coin also features the Latin inscription ‘CASEUS PRAESTANS’, which translates to ‘cracking cheese’.
“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” said Nicola Howell, Director of the Consumer Division at The Royal Mint. “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.”
Nick Park, Creator of Wallace & Gromit and Director at Aardman, added: “When A Grand Day Out was first screened thirty years ago, we never expected for Wallace & 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.”
Fans of the duo will also be able to strike their own Wallace & Gromit coin at The Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, Wales, where there will also be Wallace & Gromit sets on display for a limited time only. On 1st November, Aardman model making experts will be running clay modelling workshops from the visitor centre, where you can make your own Gromit to take home.
Find out more at https://www.royalmint.com/wallaceandgromit.