Royal Mint launches Winnie the Pooh coins
The brand new collection of 50p coins is a nostalgic reminder for fans of Winnie the Pooh and his friends.
The classic stories were written by AA Milne and featured the original illustrations of EH Shepard.
It’s the first time the world of Winnie the Pooh has been celebrated on coins made by The Royal Mint, and the official UK coins have been approved by Buckingham Palace.
The series will feature nine coins celebrating the inhabitants of the Hundred Acre Wood, with three released in 2020, featuring Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet, and six more over the next two years.
Although the coins are legal tender, they will not be released into general circulation by the Royal Mint.
Collectors can buy four versions of the designs: brilliant uncirculated, coloured, silver proof, and gold proof.
An unlimited number of brilliant uncirculated coins will be available to buy, while there will be 45,000 coloured, 18,000 silver, and just 525 gold coins put on sale.
Brilliant uncirculated coins will cost £10 each. Coloured coins featuring Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet will cost £20 each. Gold proof coins featuring the characters will cost collectors £1,125 a go.
Daniel Thorne, product designer at The Royal Mint, says: “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.”
Other children’s books characters who have appeared on 50p coins include Peter Rabbit, Paddington Bear and the Gruffalo.