New! 2018 Paddington Bear 50p Coins
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Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of Paddington Bear
The world was first introduced to Paddington Bear on 13th October 1958 when the book ‘A bear called Paddington’ was released. British author Michael Bond tells of how his inspiration for the story came after he noticed a lonely teddy bear on the shelf of a London store, near Paddington station. It was Christmas Eve, 1956, and he decided that this little bear would make the perfect gift for his wife.
Over the last 60 years, Paddington has entertained the world and become one of the most well-known fictional bears in British culture. He has been featured in over 20 books, several televised series, two major films and he even has his own gift shop at Paddington Station.
Introducing the 2018 Paddington Bear 50p
This year, The Royal Mint will release two brand new UK 50 pence coins to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Paddington Bear's first adventure.
The Paddington Bear fifty pence will be issued in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof and Gold Proof finishes. Silver proof versions of the coins have a coloured Paddington image on them but the BU and gold proof coins do not.
2018 Paddington Bear at Paddington Station 50p
This is the first coin to be released. The reverse features the beloved Paddington bear sat in the iconic Paddington station. This is where his adventure first began, following the loss of his much loved Uncle Pastuzo, during an earthquake in his home of Darkest Peru. With no place to call home Paddington's Aunt Lucy stows the small bear on a cargo ship destined for London where he may find refuge. After several weeks and plenty of marmalade sandwiches, Paddington finally ends up at Paddington station. This is where the Brown family find him wearing a tag stating ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you’.
It is safe to say they fell in love with him and took him to the safety of their home where he became a part of the family.
This coin shows a modern train in the background, which the designer David Knapton used in order to show Paddington in a modern-day realistic environment.
2018 Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace 50p
The second coin, which will be released later this summer, shows Paddington waving the Union Jack flag in front of Buckingham Palace. Wearing his famous blue duffle coat and battered old red bush hat, young Paddington and his good friend Mr Gruber, an antique shop owner, were lucky enough to be invited inside the gates to take a picture for his scrapbook.
Different Finishes for the Paddington Bear 50p Coins
The silver proof coins come displayed in an acrylic presentation block which enables them to be displayed, whilst the Brilliant Uncirculated versions come sealed in a colourful presentation folder.
It is worth mentioning that although the coloured silver proof coins have a limited edition presentation limit of just 60,000, there is a mintage limit 0f 75,000, meaning that The Royal Mint can produce more should the demand exceed supply.
However, the gold proof coins are limited to just 1,250 of each design, with only 600 being issued in the limited edition presentation packaging.
The brilliant uncirculated coin has an unlimited presentation and mintage limit.
Prices start from just £9 for the BU 50p which will be available to purchase from 18 June!
We hope you have enjoyed this blog and remember, as Paddington and his Uncle Pastuzo say ‘You should always keep a marmalade sandwich in your hat for emergencies!’.