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Two new Paddington Bear coins go into circulation today - here's where to buy them and how much they cost

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 13/08/2019 Rachel Pugh
Paddington Bear coins enter circulation today © Royal Mint Paddington Bear coins enter circulation today

Two new 50p coins featuring Paddington Bear entered circulation today.  

The coins, which depict the children’s literary icon stood in front of two London landmarks – St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London – have gone into tills at the Royal Mint Experience near Cardiff, and are now available online. 

Both designs are available in various different finishes, and prices vary depending on finish.

Paddington at the Tower 2019 United Kingdom Gold Proof 2 Coin Series - £850

a close up of an animal: The new Paddington Bear 50p coins come in a range of finishes © Royal Mint The new Paddington Bear 50p coins come in a range of finishes

Only 600 coins have been issued in this presentation. The coins are struck from 22 carat gold and are finished to Proof standard.

Paddington Silver Proof 2019 UK Two-Coin Series - £65 per coin

Paddington Silver Proof 2019 UK Two-Coin Series © Royal Mint Paddington Silver Proof 2019 UK Two-Coin Series

Only 25,000 of each coin are available. The coins are struck in 925 sterling silver and are finished to Proof standard. 

Paddington 2019 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Two-Coin Series - £10 per coin

a drawing of a person: Paddington 2019 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Two-Coin Series © Royal Mint Paddington 2019 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Two-Coin Series

The collection went live on the Royal Mint website at 9am on August 13.

Speaking about the exciting new release, 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 can be seen stood in front of two iconic London landmarks © Royal Mint Paddington Bear can be seen stood in front of two iconic London landmarks

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"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."

This isn’t the first Paddington to be released by the Royal Mint. In 2018 two coins were put into circulation – one which featured the Peruvian bear stood in front of Buckingham Palace, while the other depicted him waiting for a train in Paddington station.  

The coins are still available to buy online, and cost £60 for the coloured version, or £10 for an Uncirculated coin.

Two Paddington coins were released in 2018, and are available to buy online © Royal Mint Two Paddington coins were released in 2018, and are available to buy online                                                            

Speaking about the inspiration behind the coins created in 2018, designer David Knapton said: “I loved reading the books about Paddington when I was young, and felt a real sense of nostalgia as I was designing these coins. Paddington was part of my childhood, but now he’s being discovered by a whole new generation.  

“I wanted to bring his character to life and show him in a very realistic environment, so I positioned him on the platform at Paddington Station, showing Paddington waiting patiently on his battered suitcase for his new life to begin.” 

He added: “I couldn’t believe I was lucky enough to meet Paddington; it’s something I always dreamed of as a boy. So I wanted to make sure the designs really told the story and captured his character – polite, warm-hearted and very British. So I was thrilled when he accepted our invitation and also came to The Royal Mint. 

“He seemed excited but a bit overwhelmed, which is exactly how I felt when I first came here. You don’t really think about what goes into making our nation’s coins, so it’s really eye-opening seeing the whole process. I have to admit I never realised just how many marmalade sandwiches Paddington actually eats in a day!”

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