A Snowman coin is issued by the Royal Mint for Christmas

The Royal Mint will release a series of coins with Raymond Briggs & # 39; iconic creation The Snowman, celebrating 40 years since the publication of the children's book.

In a nod to the original illustrations, the coin shows The Snowman that flies over Brighton Pier and will be the first British coin that has a full color design.

Nicola Howell, director of Consumer Coin at The Royal Mint in Llantrisant, said: "We are very pleased to be part of the 40th anniversary of Raymond Briggs' book. The snowman.

"In recent years, the Beatrix Potter and Paddington collections have been incredibly popular with our collectors and we believe that this beautiful flying scene that The Snowman and James shows on a 50-pence memorial will be equally cherished by children and adults . "

The coins are available from Monday 5 November 2018.