Celebrate 20 years of the Gruffalo with special 50p coins!

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How often do you get those special commemorative coins appear in your purse and then slip through your fingers again when you need to pay the school dinner money or grab a loaf of bread on the way home from work?

I remember when I was a little girl my Grandad would always save shiny, new coins for us – not so much to collect them but just to save up and share between his four grandchildren for us to put into our savings accounts. From shiny coppers to the new sized 5p or 10p coins when they were first released into circulation (do you remember how big the old ones used to be?), he would put them all to one side and then divvy them up for us when we visited. I know if he were here now, he’d love all the special commemorative coins that are released and I’m sure he would be saving them up for his great grandchildren!

Collection of British coins spilling from purse

I remember the excitement of finding a “new” coin in our change – be it a shiny new one with the current year’s date on it or something new to circulation like the smaller 5ps or a £2 coin but if I’m honest, until recently, I had no idea that there were millions of commemorative coins in circulation – I guess I just haven’t paid all that much attention to them.  In fact, unique designs for our 50p, £1 and £2 coins have been a part of British currency for over 30 years and each one is issued to mark an anniversary or celebrate an occasion.  How cool is that?  It’s certainly made me more aware of checking my change to see if there’s anything exciting lurking in there.   

The Gruffalo 50p coin was released last month in celebration of the 20th anniversary of Julia Donaldson’s Gruffalo (I know, twenty years! I couldn’t quite believe it myself!).  The Gruffalo 50ps are the latest in a string of collectable 50p coins featuring book characters.  Previous coins have featured Peter Rabbit and The Snowman, however the Gruffalo coin won’t be released into normal circulation and can only be bought as a special keepsake coin. 

Gruffalo 50 coin - change checker

Chloe & Amy were both really excited to find the Gruffalo on a 50p and are now keeping their beady eyes peeled for the special Beatrix Potter coins which you might find popping up in your change now and again – they keep making me pay for things in cash rather than using my cards just in case they get the 50ps they are looking for!  Chloe already has one of the Beatrix Potter coins in her money box after my sister found one a while back and saved it for her.

Change checker coin collection

Change Checker offers you a way to find, collect, and swap coins – you can even get your hands on this gorgeous new Gruffalo coin in mint condition.  As I mentioned earlier, there are millions of commemorative coins in circulation and Change Checker can help you to identify the ones you might have found in your own change.  The Change Checker folder makes it easy for the girls to build and organise their collection of coins – rather in the manner of football stickers – you can see what you’ve got, what you need to look out for and spot duplicates, which you can then swap with other Change Checkers.  Who knows, that fifty pence piece in your change might be more valuable than you thought!

To purchase your own Gruffalo Coin (for £3.99 +p&p), or to find out more about other unique coins in circulation, visit Change Checker or pop over and give them a follow on Instagram.

Did you collect anything when you were little? My sister had a collection of stamps and I’m fairly sure we both had a lot of trolls between us!



  1. March 5, 2019 / 8:22 pm

    I really want to find these! My Mum has bought the special collectors book for the kids ready for the new 10ps as well

    • Colette
      March 11, 2019 / 11:55 am

      Such a lovely thing to get involved with isn’t it! I hope they have lots of fun hunting out the special coins!

  2. March 8, 2019 / 10:46 pm

    I love how chuffed Amy looks with her coin! x

  3. March 11, 2019 / 11:45 am

    I am not sure how it evolved but I have collected all the Peter Rabbit coins, I need the Gruffalo now its so cute, they are so great to save for future years.

    • Colette
      March 11, 2019 / 11:52 am

      Such a special coin isn’t it!

  4. March 11, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Oh my brother is a huge coin collector and now my eldest wants to start too. These look fab. Who doesn’t love the Gruffalo?? Always good to have something to collect as a child I think. I collected stuff animals though to my mother’s disappointment. They took over my room. My brother’s coins were in a nice box she much preferred.

    • Colette
      March 11, 2019 / 1:46 pm

      Haha my sister always had a ridiculous amounts of soft toys too!!

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