There is a good chance if you collect Smurfs, you probably collect other things as well. So if you collect coins you may be interested in adding these 13 different Smurf themed coins produced by Monnaie de Paris. Each coin depicts well known Smurf characters such as Brainy, Postman, Smurfette along with Gargamel and Azrael. Like all good things to collect, there is a limited number produced.
For many of us, your first Smurf may have been Coin #20029. Coin Smurf was first released by Schleich in 1976/77 until 1986. During this time there were at least two different moulds. The Coin Smurf was also sold throughout many countries.
The first Coin (also known as Money) had the coin held more forward and is a much smaller mould. This version only has © Peyo marking on the arm. I think it was only available for one or two years.
Coin Smurf with wider face
When I first started collecting Smurfs, I was curious to know when Schleich changed some of the figurines from a small mould to a larger mould with a wider face. I always thought that the large moulds were created in Hong Kong around 1978. This was because a lot of Bully Smurfs had smaller faces and the Smurfs made in Hong Kong were sold by BP Australia. However, it was to do with major changes implemented by Schleich in 1977.
When Schleich changed the mould for Coin Smurf, they changed the position of the coin to be held sideways. The coin can be found either in light or dark orange colour and shiny or matte colours. The feet were also no longer joined together.
When they started to produce the larger moulds, they also displayed their new Schleich S marking and © Peyo signature. The markings were added to under their feet. The theory behind this was that if someone picked up a Smurf, they could see that it was made by Schleich.
In Australia, the Coin Smurf was first sold in 1979 by BP. This was made out of Hong Kong and was very popular. It is not unusual to find this still today especially in rediscovered collections. They may not be in mint condition but they hold a special nostalgic memory.
Keep on Smurfin