13thAugust 2019: Following Paddington Bear's debut on UK coins in 2018 to celebrate his 60thanniversary, The Royal Mint has unveiled two new 50p coins that continue to chronicle the friendly Peruvian bear's adventures around London.
First created in 1958 by Michael Bond, Paddington Bear has captured the imagination of generations and 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.
Available in a range of finishes from www.royalmint.com/paddington, the coins start at £10 for a 'mint condition' Brilliant Uncirculated finish coin, 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."
The collection will be available to purchase from The Royal Mint website www.royalmint.com/paddington and will be entering general circulation in the forthcoming weeks with the first ones entering into circulation today, when the coins will be put into the tills at The Royal Mint Experience. To ensure the coins can be treasured long after their anniversary, a brightly coloured collector album is available to stow away the collection.
This year everyone can join in with Paddington’s adventures by helping him grow his coin collection in an online digital coin hunt. Users can find and build their own online collection by revealing the clues and finding the hidden coin through the streets of London, with lots of great prizes involved each week as a new coin gets hidden in the map. To get involved visit www.royalmint.com/paddington.