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A Paddington Bear 50p Coin Just Sold For £300 On Ebay

A Paddington Bear 50p Coin Just Sold For £300 On Ebay

Everyone's favourite bear from "darkest Peru" is no stranger to winning big earnings - after all, both Paddington and Paddington 2 made over $200 million worldwide at the box office.

Now the duffel-donning bear has scooped £300 for a lucky eBay seller after a rare Paddington coin sold for 600 times its original value.

Time to start rummaging through that shrapnel in your purse and down the back of the sofa, then.

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The 50p was first circulated by the Royal Mint in August of 2019 and shows the beloved bear looking cosy in his signature coat and hat in front of the Tower of London.

Generally, special-release coins like this are released in protective collector's packaging and are in perfect condition.

But going by the pictures on the eBay listing, which show some scratches and scuff marks to the coin, this particular Paddington-printed 50p had been in circulation.

Going by the pictures on eBay, which show scratches and scuff marks, the coin was in circulation (Credit: eBay)
Going by the pictures on eBay, which show scratches and scuff marks, the coin was in circulation (Credit: eBay)
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Paddington coins were first released in 2018, when the Royal Mint brought out two designs showing the children's book character with his suitcase outside Paddington Station, and another in front of Buckingham Palace.

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Other designs in the Paddington series include the marmalade-loving bear posing in front of London's St Paul's Cathedral.

This isn't the first time the Peruvian bear has won an eBay user a chunk of moolah. Back in 2018, a student from South Wales spotted a leaked collector's coin in her change before the design had been released. She went on to sell her Paddington 50p on eBay for a whopping £16,000.

Paddington Bear coins were first released by The Royal Mint in 2018 (Credit: Heyday Films)
Paddington Bear coins were first released by The Royal Mint in 2018 (Credit: Heyday Films)
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It's not clear how many Paddington coins are still in circulation, and it's worth noting that collectors will often fork out more for uncirculated coins in their packaging, as these will look freshly minted.

If all this talk of rare coins has got you on the hunt for one, there are plenty more to keep an eye out for.

Staying on the children's character theme, there are Beatrix Potter 50 pence pieces, featuring Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse, The Tailor of Gloucester and Peter Rabbit. A rare rabbit coin has previously sold for £1000 on eBay.

Other rarities include London Olympics commemorative coins and 50 pence pieces celebrating 250 years of Kew Gardens, released back in 2009.

Ordinary 50 pence pieces usually have a mintage of around one million (Credit: eBay)
Ordinary 50 pence pieces usually have a mintage of around one million (Credit: eBay)
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Better get rummaging through that change, then.

Featured Image Credit: Credit: Heyday Films / eBay

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