Royal Mint: New Paddington Bear 50p coins out soon as leaked coin sells for £16k on eBay
The uncirculated silver coins come with rare colour detail, in celebration of Paddington Bear’s 60th anniversary.
It features the iconic Peruvian bear in two of the most iconic locations from his London adventures – Paddington Station and Buckingham Palace.
The coins will go on sale on the Royal Mint’s website from Monday, June 18.
Dave Knapton, the coins’ designer at The Royal Mint, said: “I loved reading the books about Paddington when I was younger, and felt a real sense of nostalgia as I was designing these coins.”
“Paddington was part of my childhood, but now he’s being discovered by a whole new generation”
The coins’ designer, Dave Knapton
He added: “Paddington was part of my childhood, but now he’s being discovered by a whole new generation.
“I wanted to bring his portrait to life and show him in a very realistic environment, so I began with a modern train at Paddington Station, showing Paddington waiting patiently on his suitcase for his new life to begin.”
The news comes as a student claimed they had found one of the rare Paddington Bear coins in South Wales and listed it on eBay at a whopping £16,100, reports Express.co.uk.
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Putting it on sale before the Royal Mint’s planned release, the seller said: “The only one currently in the UK. Accidental release. Not yet released. Super rare. Mint condition.
“Found it in my change after a quick shop!”
Responding to the alleged leak, Royal Mint later told This is Money: “It has been reported to us that a commemorative 50p coin featuring Paddington Bear has been spotted.
“We have undertaken our usual review when we are informed by the general public of such matters.
“However we can confirm that at no point was any commitment given to purchase the coin.
“The launch of the new Paddington Coins will proceed as originally planned.”