Royal Mint release Alice in Wonderland coin to celebrate 150 years of Lewis Carrol’s classic children’s book
It’s one of the best-loved children’s books ever written, and has enchanted readers of all ages since it first appeared in print a century and a half ago.
Now, to mark the milestone of 150 years since Lewis Carrol’s classic Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland was first published, the Royal Mint has released a new coin.
The commemorative £5 crown is based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations of the book, and is being released in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A).
The coin depicts the scene where Alice meets the Cheshire Cat and will be available from the Royal Mint.
It is the first in a two part series, with a second coin due to be released later this year featuring a scene from Lewis Carrol’s second Alice book, Through The Looking Glass.
The second coin will feature twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee.
The first coin is being launched alongside the V&A’s new exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – which features a collection of Sir John’s famous illustrations from the books.
The coin is inscribed with the famous “curiouser and curiouser” phrase and its intricate design is thought to be one of the most detailed ever produced in the royal Mint’s 1,100 year history.
Both coins were created by the mint’s designer Ffion Gwillim and sculptor Emma Noble.
Clare Maclennan, a director at the Royal Mint, said: “Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland is a true classic that has been cherished by generations of adults and children of all ages and is still as popular today.”
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