Release of the play Alice in Wonderland to mark the 150th anniversary of the book’s publication


A new coin has been issued by the Royal Mint to commemorate 150 years since the first publication of Lewis Carrol’s classic Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland.

The £ 5 commemorative wreath is based on original illustrations from Sir John Tenniel’s book and is published 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 at the Royal Mint.

This is the first in a two-part series, with a second piece slated for release later this year featuring a scene from Lewis Carrol’s second Alice book, Through The Looking Glass.

The second piece will feature twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

The first coin is launched alongside V&A’s new exhibition Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser – which features a collection of famous Sir John illustrations from the books.

The coin is engraved with the famous phrase “more curious and more curious” and its intricate design is considered to be one of the most detailed ever produced in the Mint’s 1,100-year history.

Both pieces were created by Monnaie designer Ffion Gwillim and sculptor Emma Noble.

Clare Maclennan, Director of 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 so popular today.

The commemorative coin

She continued: “Inspired by original artwork by Sir John Tenniel, the magnificent £ 5 wreath has been designed with the highest quality, combining traditional typing skills with innovation in design technology.”

Amelia Calver, V&A, said: “We are thrilled to celebrate beloved global phenomenon of all ages, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, with the 2021 commemorative coins.

“The designs masterfully capture the charm of Tenniel’s original artwork and pay homage to some of the characters in Wonderland and through the looking glass that Alice meets along the way.”


Lucas E. Kelly

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