New Paddington Bear 50p launched

New Paddington Bear 50p launched

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 8:53am 13th August 2019.

New coins featuring Paddington Bear are about to start turning up in our loose change. 

The new 50 pence designs enter circulation today (August 13), to mark the cuddly Peruvian's 60th anniversary.

They show the nation's favourite bear visiting the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral.

Paddington was created in 1958 by Michael Bond and has captured the imagination of generations.

Paddington at St Paul's
The designs show the nation's favourite bear at the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral.

The latest coins depict Paddington’s ventures to two of the capital’s most iconic landmarks –The Royal Mint’s former home, The Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral. 

The designs follow the popularity of the 2018 coins which saw Paddington visit his namesake train station and the guards outside Buckingham Palace.

The non-circulated coins start at £10, whilst the limited edition Silver Proof coins capture the vivid blue and vibrant reds of Paddington’s famous duffle coat and hat in incredible detail. 

Nicola Howell, Director of Consumer Coin at The Royal Mint commented:

“Following the huge popularity of the coins featuring the much-loved bear last year, we thought it was only right that Paddington continued his adventures around London on UK coinage.

"Paddington Bear is a massive part of British popular culture and is a favourite amongst fans of all ages, who we’re sure will be looking out for him in their change, the first of which will go into tills in The Royal Mint Experience.”

Paddington Bear coin
These collector coins are available in a range of finishes and start at £10.