Royal Mint Release Two New Paddington Bear Coins
Fans of Paddington will be able to honour the lovable, marmalade sandwich-wielding bear even further with two new commemorative coins.
The Royal Mint have today launched two new 50p designs depicting the bear on at two iconic London landmarks, the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral
The new coins continue the Peruvian bear's travels around the capital, with Paddington debuting on UK coins last year in celebration of his 60th anniversary. These coins saw him visit his namesake train station and Buckingham Palace.
Paddington Bear's new coins will go into circulation from Tuesday 13th August and will be available in a variety of finishes. The coins begin at £10 for a 'mint condition' Brilliant Uncirculated finish coin, while another limited edition Silver Proof will include the blues and reds of Paddington's outfit and cost £65.00.
Hardcore collectors will be able to get the most coveted option, a Gold Proof coin, for £850, of which there are only 600 in circulation.
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.
If you're a huge Paddington fan - or know someone that is - then the coins can be purchased from The Royal Mint website, and will be entering general circulation today when tills at The Royal Mint Experience will be filling the tills.
Paddington's story began in the children's book A Bear Called Paddington, by British author Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.
He is a friendly bear who arrived at his namesake London station from Peru, with nothing but his old hat, battered suitcase, duffel coat and love of marmalade. The book was such a huge success that it was translated into 30 different languages.
Since then, the series of books has sold an impressive 35 million books and more recently been made into a hugely successful movie franchise.
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