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New Winnie the Pooh 50p coin

Written by: Emma Lunn
The Royal Mint has launched the latest coin in its Winnie the Pooh and Friends collection.

The latest collectable 50p features a group shot of Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Eeyore, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, with a design inspired by the original decorations of E.H. Shepard. The coin celebrates 95 years since the beloved bear first began his adventures.

The 50p coin is part of a nine-coin Winnie the Pooh collectors’ series announced in September 2020. Last year, The Royal Mint released the first three designs, featuring Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet. The 2021 range will also include Owl and Tigger which will be released later this year.

The design of the new coin is inspired by the original decorations of E.H. Shepard taken from the pages of A.A. Milne’s classic tales, first published in 1926.

Available in gold, silver and brilliant uncirculated, and special-edition colour, the range combines The Royal Mint’s 1,100-year-old minting traditions with innovative colour printing technology.

Clare Maclennan, The Royal Mint’s divisional director of commemorative coin, said: “Winnie-the-Pooh is a treasured children’s classic which, much like the popular hobby of coin collecting, has been passed down through generations. As we celebrate 95 years of Winnie the Pooh, the latest design featuring Pooh and friends is a fitting tribute to the much-loved adventures.

“Fans of Winnie the Pooh can enjoy the coins individually, or as part of the nine-coin collection released over three years. We are buzzing with excitement to bring these wonderful characters and memories to life on a collectable 50p coin series.”

Daniel Thorne, The Royal Mint’s product designer for the Winnie the Pooh coins, said: “Using inspiration from the original decorations of E.H. Shepard has been a fantastic experience but one that has also tested me as a designer. With each design, so much care and attention has been given to remastering the iconic decorations for the canvas of a coin while staying true to the texts people know and love.

“I also wanted to add something extra special for collectors, with the bee motif. Inspired by the original decorations the buzzy bee from the storybooks features on each of the nine coins in the collection. I hope collectors can appreciate the beauty in each design in the range and enjoy the special colour editions.”

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