Paddington Bear 50p Coins Are Being Released, And They're Set To Become Collectables
Paddington Bear fans might want to start paying more attention to their change as new 50p coins sporting Paddington himself will soon be in circulation.
The limited-edition coins will be heading our way to celebrate the legendary bear's 60th anniversary after first being introduced in 1958.
Since then, the series of books by Michael Bond has sold an impressive 35 million books and more recently been made into a hugely successful cinematic renaissance.
Now, the marmalade-loving bear will find his face on the front of some 50p coins to celebrate his success.
There has previously been Paddington Bear coins as collector's editions on sale from the Royal Mint with coins being worth anywhere between £10 and £60 each.
However, once the new coins go into circulation there will be many more of them, costing no more than the face value of 50p.
But, due to the rareness of the coins it is fairly likely that the Paddington coins will become rare collectables eventually.
Nicola Howell, director of consumer coin at the Royal Mint, told Manchester Evening News: "If you enjoy collecting coins, then keep your eyes peeled for Paddington Bear in your change and keep them safe in their own special collector album.
"Paddington Bear is well-loved and a part of British popular culture, and we're incredibly proud to be playing a part in the 60th anniversary celebrations."
The Peruvian bear was of course named after Paddington train station where he was found in central London.
His story began in the children's book A Bear Called Paddington, by British author Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum.
Paddington is a friendly bear who arrived at the 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.
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