The Royal Mint And Disney Launch UK’s First Winnie-The-Pooh Coin
The coin is the first Winnie-the-Pooh collectable made in the UK, and it is set to form part of a wider collection of special 50p coins featuring Winnie and his friends.
Brought to us by The Royal Mint and Disney, the coin design features original water-colour illustrations of the lovable bear from E.H. Shepard, with the first coin design showing Winnie-the-Pooh nursing his precious jar of honey.
And collectors will be able to purchase the coin in a range of finishes, from base metal (also known as brilliant uncirculated), to a coloured base metal coin, Silver and Gold.
The brilliant uncirculated coin will set you back £10, while the coloured version of the base metal coin will cost £20.
If you want to bag the coin in silver (also coloured), you'll have to fork out £67.50, while the gold coin will cost £1,125.
The coin isn't actually spend-able, it's just for collectors. Although, why anybody would want to give away a thousand pound 50p coin is beyond us.
Keeping hold of one could be worth the investment, though, as collectors of Royal Mint coins have previously skyrocketed in value as time has gone on.
Previously, Royal Mint's Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter tribute 50p sold for as much as £840 on eBay - that's 1,650 per cent more than its face value.
Although, parting with one of these cute Winnie-the-Pooh coins sure would be tough!
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The Royal Mint has also revealed the next two coins in the Winnie collectable series - there's one of Christopher Robin and another of Piglet.
The children's book was first published back in 1926 by A.A. Milne, inspired by his son, Christopher Robin Milne.
And the coin's release also falls on the year where he would have celebrated his 100th birthday.
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Daniel Thorne, product designer at The Royal Mint, and one of the staffers who worked on the commemorative coin, said: "I'm honoured to have been able to work on this exciting coin.
"Winnie-the-Pooh was a huge part of my childhood and forms some of my fondest memories, so I wanted to make sure this series of coins truly encapsulated the spirit of Pooh Bear and all his friends.
"Creating these coins was a labour of love and I hope that collectors can appreciate the beauty in each and every design in the range."
Meanwhile, Clare Maclennan, Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin and The Royal Mint Experience, at The Royal Mint said: "Over our 1,100-year history we've minted coins to commemorate key moments and figures in Britain's history, including literary icons, like Shakespeare and Wordsworth through to Beatrix Potter's mischievous Peter Rabbit, and we're delighted to now add A.A. Milne's loveable Winnie-the-Pooh to the list.
"Our childhood character coins are encouraging a new generation of coin collectors and we're delighted to add this iconic character and his friends, to our range.
"We've all grown up with Winnie-the-Pooh and he remains a cherished character, not only in Britain but across the world. We anticipate the coins being hugely popular, especially in the lead-up to Christmas, and look forward to both children and adults alike, enjoying the collection."
We *need* to bag one of these.
Featured Image Credit: Disney
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