To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the creation of Paddington Bear, The Royal Mint has released some new 50p pieces into circulation, and they are expected to be worth quite a bit MORE than their face value, with collectors.
There are two different coins entering circulation with Paddington Bear on it, one with him sitting on a suitcase at Paddington train station, and one of him outside Buckingham Palace.
Although colour collectors' versions of the coins are already available to buy from The Royal Mint, you could find one of the new coins for free in your pocket, as they have already entered circulation at The Royal Mint!
Talking about the new coins, Nicola Howell, director of consumer coins at The Royal Mint, said, "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."
Now take a look at some of special coins and notes:
Special Money - coins and notes
UK Crowned Shield £1 coin
Although they are fairly common, they can currently fetch around £3 - £5.50. They are one of the oldest £1 coins around having been minted in 1988, just five years after the £1 coin was introduced.
Edinburgh City £1 coin
This was released in 2011 and is thought to be worth £12 - £16.
Scotland's Thistle and Bluebell £1 coin
Even with a mintage of 5.1 million it is worth £3 - £5 to collectors.
Cardiff City £1 coin
This coin features the Coat of Arms of Cardiff as the principal focus to represent Wales. It is thought to be worth £11 - £15.
London City £1 coin
Although more common than the Scottish and Welsh versions it is still worth £5 - £8.
EC and Kew Gardens
Dating back to 1992/3 this larger 50p coin (left) was issued to celebrate the British presidency of the council of Europe. No longer in circulation could be worth around £40.The Kew Gardens design was minted to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens. Only 210,000 coins were made and is now expected to sell on eBay for £70 - £100.
2011 WWF and 2012 The Offside Explained
2011 WWF design of the 50p (left) can often sell for around £200 to collectors.The Offside Explained 50p apparently regularly changes hands for around £10.
2012 Olympics - Swimmer
Early versions of the coin show the swimmer with the water covering their head, however later versions have the lines of water removed.According to eBay only 600 of the early version are in circulation, fetching up to £3000 when they were first placed on eBay.
New fiver (£5)
The new £5 note was released into circulation on the 13th September 2016. Notes with serial numbers starting with AA or AK 47 sold for much more than than their face value.
New tenner (£10)
The new £10 note, featuring Jane Austen was released on 14th September 2017.As before many with the serial number AA or AK 47 were highly sought after as well as those with serial numbers relating to Jane Austen's birthday, date of death, or date the Pride and Prejudice was first published.
Peter Rabbit 50p
The Peter Rabbit collectable coin is available to buy from the Royal Mint.
Benjamin Bunny 50p
Benjamin Bunny was released earlier this year (2017).
Tom Kitten 50p
Tom Kitten was released earlier this year (2017).
Jeremy Fisher 50p
Jeremy Fisher was released earlier this year (2017).
It was only a few weeks ago that there was much interest in a Peter Rabbit 50p design. The Peter Rabbit 50p coins were released back in 2016 to commemorate 150 years since Beatrix Potter's birth.
At the time, nearly 10 million were minted, however, despite the millions in circulation, it seems that they are still sought after, attracting a lot of attention on eBay, with some reports saying they have sold for around £800!
If you're a coin collector, or you just enjoy some of the fun designs that are available these days, the check out the Scarcity Index on changechecker.org. The Scarcity Index shows how likely you are to come across one of the unusual designs, which could be an indication of how much it might be worth.
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