The Royal Mint has today announced that two new coins featuring Paddington Bear will be entering UK circulation from October, to coincide with the 60thanniversary of Paddington Bear, who was first introduced to the nation in 1958, in a book written by Michael Bond called 'A Bear Called Paddington'.
Paddington Bear has captured the imagination of generations and following the release of the Brilliant Uncirculated and coloured Silver Proof coins earlier this year, the first plain-metal circulating versions of the coins will soon be found in the nation's purses and pockets.
The designs depict the popular Peruvian bear in two iconic locations from his adventures, sitting on his suitcase at Paddington Station and also on an exciting day out at Buckingham Palace.
To ensure the coins can be treasured long after their anniversary, a brightly coloured collector album is now available to stow away the collection. Collectors keen to get their hands on the Brilliant Uncirculated and coloured Silver Proof coins can still do so from The Royal Mint's website.
Nicola Howell, Director of Consumer Coin at The Royal Mint commented: "If you enjoy collecting coins, then keep your eyes peeled for Paddington Bear in your change and keep them safe in their own special collector album.Paddington Bear is well-loved and a part of British popular culture, and we're incredibly proud to be playing a part in the 60thanniversary celebrations."
The full collection is available to purchase from The Royal Mint website royalmint.com/paddington and the circulating versions will be making their way into circulation from October. The circulating coins will also be in the tills at The Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, South Wales.