New 50p coins to mark Mr Benn cartoons released with five designs available

A new set of 50p coins have been authorised for release by Guernsey Treasury and approved by the Queen.

Each coin features an illustration of Mr Benn on some of his best-known adventures.

This includes: The Red Knight, The Cook, The Clown and The Spaceman alongside the official Mr Benn "50" 50p.

The collection was originally created by award-winning writer and illustrator David McKee.

Mr Benn began life as a children's book in 1967 which followed a man who had adventures when he visited a magical costume shop.

The book went onto be transformed into an animated TV series transmitted by the BBC in 1971.

It became popular and was repeated regularly on the BBC for 30 years until Nickelodeon UK aired the series for 9 years until 2010.

Now it's been 50 years since the postman first arrived at the No.52 Festive Road with Mr Benn's invitation to a fancy dress party.

Since then Mr Benn has fascinated millions of children with his adventures as he walked through that changing room doorway.

It is available in a range of finishes exclusively from The Westminster Collection.

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The coins include a single base metal Mr Benn anniversary logo design 50p and a set of five designs.

There is also a silver 50p coin version available with stunning coloured enamel and a silver set of five 50p coins.

The coins start at £6.25 for a "mint condition" Brilliant Uncirculated finish coin while the Silver Proof coin captures its incredible detail.

For more details on the Mr Benn 50p coins, please visit The Westminster Collection blog.

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David McKee said: "Mr Benn endures, I think, because people like the idea of being able to escape to another life, and at their heart they're old fashioned stories which last – the elements that make up the films, the voice, the music, the story, all simple elements that endure – good old fashioned stories, with a good rhythm."

When asked about the new products, he said: "I often say your characters are like your children, you potty train them and look after them and point them in a good direction, but they go off do things you don't expect – Mr Benn is living his own life and I'm excited to see what people make of the new products that are coming – and hope a new generation of children enjoy them as much as me!"

In 2017, the UK-based animation studio Factory acquired the rights to David McKee's Mr Benn, in a move which has allowed the company to grow this classic brand even bigger and release a series of 50th Anniversary products including the brand new 50p coins to mark the occasion.

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