The Royal Mint has launched a new coin celebrating 150 years since Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking-Glass was published.
The £5 crown is based on Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations of the book, which was the sequel of the much-loved Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The coin shows the moment Alice runs into characters Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and comes after a coin portraying the scene where Alice meets the Cheshire Cat was released last month.
Both coins were created by the mint’s designer Ffion Gwillim and sculptor Emma Noble.
The Royal Mint also collaborated with EL&N Cafe in London to create a limited-edition Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland cake selection in order to celebrate the new coin design.
The cake selection includes designs based on the Queen of Hearts from the original book.
Clare Maclennan, a director at the Royal Mint, said after the last release: “Inspired by Sir John Tenniel’s original illustrations, the beautiful £5 crown has been crafted to the finest quality, combining traditional minting skills with innovation in design technology.
“I’m sure the Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland range will become a popular choice for collectors, capturing the imagination of people of all ages, and to launch at the awe-inspiring Victoria and Albert Museum during the 150th anniversary of Through the Looking-Glass is a fitting celebration.”