Why you mustn’t pay £1,000 (or even £16,000) on ebay for the new Paddington 50p…

There’s been much excitement this week for Change Checkers following the accidental early release of a small number of new Paddington 50p coins.

Paddington at the Station BU 50p – Available to order from the 18th June.

The first coins were discovered late last week and quickly made their way onto collectors’ forums and ebay, with one attracting a “sold price” of £16,000 – prompting interest from a number of national newspapers.

Paddington 50p listed for £16,100. Credit: ebay


Of course, in reality, it’s unlikely that the transaction will ever complete at that price and certainly it’s not the time to be bidding on ebay for the new coin as The Royal Mint has confirmed the release date for the new Paddington 50p Coin as 18th June, with a second design, featuring Paddington outside Buckingham palace, following later in the year (also available to pre-order on Monday).

Paddington at the Palace BU 50p – Available to pre-order from the 18th June.


The new coin will be available in the official Royal Mint Presentation Pack, which usually sells for around £10 or in a Change Checker “Certified Brilliant Uncirculated” Presentation for £3.99 from www.westminstercollection.com

Coloured Silver 50p Collector’s Edition also confirmed…

Limited numbers of the Silver Proof Collector’s Edition of the Paddington 50p coin have also been seen in some Post Offices ahead of the 18th June release date.

Paddington at the Station Silver Proof – Available to order from the 18th June.

Again these will be properly available online from 18 June, with a confirmed Limited Edition Presentation of 60,000.


  1. Ged on June 22, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Glad to pay a bit extra for uncirculated and ain’t too fussed if they drop in value

  2. Yvette on June 17, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Unfortunately I will no longer be buying from Royal Mint after they decided to Mint more Jemima Puddleducks 🙁

  3. Jim on June 15, 2018 at 7:06 am

    Lovely coins, but I’m not going to add to all this profiteering by paying over face value for one: I will be patient and enjoy the challenge of change checking to get mine for 50p (next year or the year after probably) – just hope enough actually minted for circulation.

    • Rachel Hooper on June 15, 2018 at 8:06 am

      Hi Jim, these coins will be on sale for more than face value due to the fact that they are Brilliant Uncirculated, so are in mint condition, with no scuffs and scratches. I totally agree with the thrill of finding a coin in your change as well though, so do let us know when you find them! Best of luck, Rachel

      • Linda Little on June 22, 2018 at 2:43 pm

        I have a mint condition Beatrix potter coin with the date of her birth and her death minted in 2016 is it worth anything
        [email protected]

      • Rachel Hooper on June 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

        Hi Linda, you can find out more information about this coin here: https://www.changechecker.org/coin/174/50p-Beatrix-Potter.aspx

        Although this coin is common, the Beatrix Potter 50ps are the most sought-after 50p series and so you are likely to find collectors that are willing to pay more than face value for the coin, especially if it is in mint condition.

  4. Djohn on June 14, 2018 at 11:31 pm

    Why don’t the Mint tell us how many coins will be in circulation before release? It would stop silly prices being paid for none rare coins, leaving more money in our pockets for the rare ones.

  5. john bass on June 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    I agree with all the comments above.minting coins for profit! greedy profit

  6. Shadab on June 14, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Royal mint’s greed knows no bound. It all started with Beatrix potter limited edition of 15000, next year it was 30000 and this year it was 35000 for some of the beatrix potter silver proof.

    Now with paddington, they are producing 60000. It is going to be absolutely worthless coin like all other beatrix potter silver proof that are selling for less than royal mint’s original price on ebay.

    Zero value from collector’s perspective and too expensive considering they are not even rare, What a waste even though the coin does look beautiful.

  7. chips on June 14, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    Knowing the enormous interest in the Paddington and B Potter coins, I think it is a shame that there are not many more of them available. Then all this silly panic buying on eBay would stop.

    • Ray Balding on June 14, 2018 at 2:57 pm

      It’s the same with all sorts of things. Recently the last Arsene Wenger home game programme was selling at high prices as they had sold out on match day. I waited and asked Arsenals shop if more would become available,which they did and bought one at face value.