The UK may just have released the cutest coin yet
The Royal Mint have given travellers to the UK a big reason to always check your change – and maybe put some aside as souvenirs – with the production of a strong contender for the cutest coin in existence.
From this month, two new 50p coins will begin to enter circulation, depicting Paddington Bear on adventures around London. The furry Peruvian immigrant is shown visiting the Tower of London (the former home of the Royal Mint itself) and St Paul’s Cathedral.
The coins have just started to enter circulation now but if you prefer not to leave it to chance, you can purchase two uncirculated coins online for £10 each. For the more serious collector, there are also limited editions available, with a colourful Paddington for £65 per coin. You may need to act quickly however as, at the time of writing, more than 60% of the stock of 25,000 was gone.
It’s not the first time Paddington has appeared on British currency. Last year marked his 60th anniversary and, to celebrate, he appeared on coins showing Paddington Station and Buckingham Palace. In a statement, Nicola Howell of the Royal Mint said: “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. Paddington Bear is a massive part of British popular culture and is a favourite amongst fans of all ages, who we’re sure will be looking out for him in their change.”
Tourists are likely to be some of the first people to find Paddington in their pocket as the first coins have entered circulation via the tills at the Royal Mint Experience in South Wales, a tourist attraction which explores the history of the institution.