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Paddington Bear Features On New 50p Coins
13 August 2019, 15:14
Two new coins featuring Paddington Bear at the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral have been released by The Royal Mint.
The first "Paddington at the Tower" coins were entering circulation from Tuesday - filling the tills at the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, South Wales.
The Royal Mint says the first of the 50p designs will enter general circulation in the coming weeks.
The new designs from the Royal Mint follow the release of coins in 2018 to mark the 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear, who was first created in 1958 by Michael Bond.
Nicola Howell, director of consumer coin at the Royal Mint, said: "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."
The new Paddington at the Tower coins have also gone on sale on the Royal Mint's website.
Prices include £10 for a "mint condition" brilliant uncirculated finish coin and £850 for a gold coin.
Paws up, who’s excited?! We bet you even had marmalade on toast for breakfast…or was that just us? 😜 Available in Gold Proof, Silver Proof and BU, add @paddingtonbear at the @TowerOfLondon to your collection! >> https://t.co/aK85aF10GQ #PaddingtonsCoins pic.twitter.com/PDuFTiLsi2— The Royal Mint (@RoyalMintUK) August 13, 2019
Paddington Bear is a classic character from children's literature who often innocently gets into trouble.
The friendly bear from Peru was discovered by the (human) Brown family who adopted him and gave him his full name of "Paddington Bear".
People have expressed their enthusiasm for the new 50p coins on social media.
I can’t wait to find a Paddington bear 50p coin! 🙂— 🐢 Gideon Pyzer 🏳️🌈 (@gidztech) August 13, 2019
I want all the new 50p Paddington coins— Lieutenant Squidge (@HollyMitchellox) August 13, 2019