The Paddington Bear 50p – what we know so far…

*** The official release date for the BRAND NEW Paddington 50ps confirmed as 18th June! ***

The UK’s incredibly popular Beatrix Potter 50p coins are to be followed up by two new Paddington Bear 50 pence coins.

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According to the Royal Proclamation, published on 9 February, there will be two new coins:


– Paddington Bear sitting on a suitcase in front of Paddington Station

– Paddington Bear waving a Union Flag outside Buckingham Palace


It’s expected the coins will enter circulation later this year with commemorative collector’s edition available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver and Gold being made available.

Of course fans of the movie Paddington 2, will remember a 50p coin playing an important part in his adventure.

Not the first time Paddington has appeared on a coin

In fact it’s not the first time that Paddington Bear has appeared; he featured on 1 crown (25p) coins from both Isle of Man and Gibraltar – now listed for as much £30 on eBay.

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The next Beatrix Potter collecting craze?

Although all the details have not been released yet and the actual designs are still top secret, it seems likely that the Paddington 50p coins will be as popular with the British public as Peter Rabbit and friends have proved over the last three years.



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  1. john g on March 19, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    i hope the paddington coins dont end up being taken from point of distribution , ie the tills before they get to the public , it is happening all over the uk , thats why few other commems are appearing in our change , a lot are on fleabay sold as bags

  2. Jim Kentley on March 6, 2018 at 4:48 pm

    Dear Luke,
    after receiving an email about the 2018 Spitfire £2 coin I noticed in the Change Checker app that there are 5 new £2 coins but only 4 available to buy in the Change Checker shop. Is the RAF Centenary £2 coin different from the RAF Centenary Badge £2 coin as they look the same but the RAF Centenary Badge £2 is unavailable to buy – are they the same coin listed twice?

    • Luke Hearn on March 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Jim, This is currently an error on the site and the second coin is a duplicate. This will be removed from the site asap. thanks Luke

  3. Jim Kentley on March 6, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Dear Luke,
    Having recently got an email about the Spitfire £2 coin I noticed that in the Change Checker app there are now 5 more to collect but in the shop there are 4 to buy. Is the RAF Centenary and the RAF Centenary Badge the SAME coin listed twice or are they different? as you can buy the RAF Centenary £2 coin but not the RAF Centenary Badge £2 coin.

  4. Brian mogie on February 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm

    Hi Luke I’ve a 20p coin and one side is more copper looking, is there anywhere I could send it to get it checked out, thanks

    • Luke Hearn on February 27, 2018 at 3:37 pm

      Hi Brian, The Royal Mint offer a verification service, for more details you can contact them here: Thanks Luke

  5. Bob Dunkley on February 27, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Luke. Was the 2008 London Olympic centinary 1908 £2 Coin only issued in a set or not

    • Luke Hearn on February 27, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Hi Bob, actually 910,000 of the 2008 Olympic Centenary £2 coins were struck for circulation. Details on this coin can be found here: Thanks Luke

      • Bob Dunkley on February 28, 2018 at 1:37 pm

        Hi Luke. Thanks for your answer.but l am only interested in mint condition coins and a dealer friend of mine said to me that proof and mint 1908 Olympics coins were issued in sets . It’s very confusing. I will try the Royal Mint for an explanation
        Regards Bob Dunkley

  6. Snibby on February 25, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Yet another money spinner,
    Won’t be released until they have exhausted the collectors market.
    Making collecting loose its appeal has you don’t collect…. You just shop!!!!

  7. Alison minchinton on February 23, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Is mr Jeremy fisher 50p now in circulation?

    • Luke Hearn on February 26, 2018 at 11:59 am

      Hi Alison, Yes- the Jeremy Fisher 50p is now in circulation. Thanks Luke

  8. Dave Cupples on February 23, 2018 at 12:31 pm

    This sounds like another money-making exercise as none will be released until all stocks of non-circulation coins have been sold. Why not just release them straight away and let us see them in our change?

    • Luke Hearn on February 23, 2018 at 1:19 pm

      Hi Dave, as I said, i’m afraid i’m unable to speculate on the internal decisions at The Royal Mint. Thanks Luke

  9. Peter Embling on February 23, 2018 at 10:31 am

    Will they be like the 2017 B Potter coins and, despite all the hype, never enter circulation? Is the Royal Mint going after the collector market and really pushing promotion of new coins for this purpose only and not to enrich the coinage and everyday usage for the general population plus celebrating GB and what it has to offer? Please.

    • Luke Hearn on February 23, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Hi Peter, I appreciate that the 2017 Beatrix Potter coins are taking a while to enter circulation, we’ve had lots of reports of people struggling to find them, but they do actually have relatively large mintage figures. Therefore, in time, it should be easy enough for collectors to complete a set. Also, it’s not actually The Royal Mint who decide when coins will enter circulation, this is dependent on the demands of the banks and cash centres. I’m afraid I can’t speculate on the marketing plan of The Mint, however for what it’s worth, I believe that any new coin releases are a good thing for Change Checkers. Thanks Luke

  10. David James on February 23, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Fantastic idea, they will be super popular, and I want to be first in the queue please !!

  11. Ricky doherty on February 23, 2018 at 9:27 am

    Please let me know when the coins are available

  12. Heather Fedder on February 23, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Would like paddington coins

  13. Dave on February 23, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Will there be any PNC Paddington sets (stamps as well as coins made for collectors) and other stamp sets. Any known mintages of the ailver and fold
    Proof ones?

    • Luke Hearn on February 23, 2018 at 9:53 am

      Hi Dave, I’m afraid I don’t have any official details on the PNC however it is likely. Thanks Luke

  14. Penny Lovegrove on February 22, 2018 at 8:00 pm

    How much are they to buy from you

    • Luke Hearn on February 23, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Hi Penny, These are not yet available to purchase but as soon as we have any further details, we will be sure to let you know. Thanks Luke