Wallace and Gromit celebrate their 30th anniversary with a new 50p coin

The Royal Mint's new 50p
The Royal Mint's new 50p

A Wallace and Gromit coin has been unveiled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the animated double-act first hitting the screen.

The Royal Mint launched the new 50 pence piece depicting the pair and bearing the Latin inscription “caseus praestans”, which translates as “cracking cheese”.

A new 50p coin commemorating Wallace & Gromit

A new 50p coin commemorating Wallace & Gromit

The coin was designed by Wallace and Gromit creator, Preston’s Nick Park, and the team at Aardman Animations, and is inspired by the original short film A Grand Day Out which was first screened in 1989.

The film saw the pair build and launch a rocket ship to the moon where they tuck in to a picnic of moon cheese and crackers, and the new coin also depicts the outer shell of the spaceship.

Mr 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 coin will not enter general circulation, but can be bought in a range of different finishes, the Royal Mint said.

While the brilliant uncirculated finish coin starts at £10, a silver proof version will cost around £65 and the 15.5g gold proof 50 pence piece at £980, it added.

Nicola Howell, director of the consumer division at The Royal Mint, said: “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.”