Coin Collector



The final coins in The Royal Mint’s ‘Winnie the Pooh and Friends’ coin collection have been revealed, with the launch of a collectabl­e 50p featuring Pooh and some of his closest friends.

The final coin in the nine-coin collection, the new 50p features a woodland scene with the bear and his Hundred Acre Wood friends Tiger, Eeyore and Piglet. As with the other coins in the series, the design is inspired by the original illustrati­ons of E.H. Shepard.

The Royal Mint’s designer Daniel Thorne worked with Shepard’s illustrati­ons whilst also adding an original twist, with the addition of a signature bee motif on all the coins.

The Royal Mint’s designer Daniel Thorne said: ‘Working on Disney’s Winnie the Pooh and Friends collection has been a fantastic experience, as a designer and a Winnie the Pooh fan. With each design, I had to devote so much care and attention to remasterin­g the iconic E. H. Shepard illustrati­ons for the canvas of a coin, while staying true to the texts people know and love. As I reflect on the collection, I really hope collectors appreciate the beauty in each design and have enjoyed the special colour editions which really bring the classic tales to life. While I will miss working on this collection, as a coin collector I am thrilled to get my hands on the final coin in the series, which is my favourite 50p so far!’

Collectors can purchase the new

50p design individual­ly and as part of the Winnie the Pooh and Friends collection in gold, silver, base metal, and special colour edition, from The Royal Mint website. None of the coins in the series were entered into circulatio­n, so are only available to buy.

The Royal Mint’s Director of Collector Services Rebecca Morgan said: ‘Coin collecting is a popular hobby, and the Winnie the Pooh and Friends 50p collection is one which unites generation­s of coin collectors to share their enjoyment. Based on the original illustrati­ons of E H Shepard, the designs evoke childhood memories for people of all ages, and we are absolutely thrilled with the final design which combines Pooh and his pals as they embark on their final adventure on official UK coin.’

Prices start from £10 for brilliant uncirculat­ed and £20 for brilliant uncirculat­ed colour edition. To mark the conclusion of the series, visitors to The Royal Mint Experience have been given the chance to strike their own Winnie the Pooh and Friends final 50p coin.

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