Vote for your favourite Paddington 50p!
In 2018 two Paddington 50p coins were issued to mark the 60th anniversary of Paddington’s first appearance in Michael Bond’s classic childhood tale.
Since then, we’ve seen four UK 50p coins feature the loveable character and now that all of the mintage figures have been revealed, we want to know which Paddington 50p coin is your favourite!
*** 2019 Vote ***
After the issue of the two 2019 Paddington 50p coins, Change Checker asked you to vote for your favourite and the 2018 Paddington at the Station 50p took 38% of the vote!
A very close second at 32% was the 2019 Paddington at St Paul’s 50p!
You can find out all the details about each of the Paddington 50ps below and let us know which one is your favourite in the comments.
2018 Paddington at the Station
This is the first UK 50p coin ever to feature Paddington Bear!
In 2018, The Royal Mint released this brand new 50p coin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear featuring in Michael Bond’s much-loved book, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’.
The coin’s design by David Knapton is based on the modern adaptation from the CGI-live action movie, featuring Paddington on his suitcase in front of the station, wearing the famous tag around his neck, which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’
It has a circulating mintage of 5,001,000.
2018 Paddington at the Palace
Much to the delight of both coin collectors and Paddington fans, a second coin was issued as part of the 2018 Paddington 50p series.
This coin features Paddington Bear outside Buckingham palace, waving his Union Jack flag. It has a circulating mintage of 5,901,000.
The always polite Paddington Bear has long been a family favourite and this coin pays tribute to the bear from Darkest Peru.
2019 Paddington at the Tower
Paddington’s London adventure continued into 2019 as two new UK Paddington 50p coins were issued that year.
This was the first coin in the 2019 series, which was released in August and it has a mintage of 9,001,000.
Paddington can be seen outside the Tower of London (former home of The Royal Mint). David Knapton’s design beautifully captures the day this very British bear brought marmalade sandwiches with him on a trip to the Tower – an iconic image I’m sure you’ll agree.
2019 Paddington at St Paul’s Cathedral
Whilst we know the design for this final coin in the 2019 Paddington series, we’ll have to wait a little while until the coin is released on the 12th September.
I’m sure collectors will be really keen to add this 2019 coin to their Paddington collection and continue his exploration around some of London’s most famous landmarks!
This coin shows the bear outside St Paul’s Cathedral and is inspired by Bond’s final book, “Paddington at St Paul’s” which was published last year to celebrate the 60th anniversary.
It has a circulating mintage of 9,001,000.
With four beautiful Paddington 50p coins to choose from, it’ll certainly be hard to pick a favourite, but we’re looking forward to seeing which design comes out on top when Change Checkers vote in our poll!
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St Paul’s cathedral its Paddington bear being an English gentleman
Would be nice to see any of the Padington bear coins and the letter 10p’s haven’t seen anything down in Bournemouth. Make you feel like giving up.
Fingers crossed you come across some soon Phil.
Paddington at the tower has now been released in sealed bags of 20 by many high st banks.
The tipping of his Hat is a welcoming Hello of times gone by has of the stories of Paddington Bear age.
I love the Paddington designs, particularly the first at the station. Hopefully the royal mint will put enough into circulation to enable the majority of collectors to find them in their change.
The Paddington at the Station 50p is a clear favourite for me: it cleverly updates the original story (it would have been steam engines in 1958) to include an image of the now classic High Speed Train (HST), one of the most successful British Railway locomotive designs ever. But this update is now itself history as the final scheduled HST runs to and from Paddington took place this May. A great coin design evoking many memories.
This is my favourite of the four designs for the very same reasons – Not only that it commemorates Paddington at Paddington, but also because it (Accidentally?) commemorates HSTs on the Great Western Railway too! 🙂
I get the strong impression we won’t be the only two enthusiasts taking an interest in that coin for those reasons, so I’m really glad one’s come into my collection already! 🙂
Now we have a coin that commemorates the (Diesel) HST of course, we could do with an electric equivalent to go alongside it. C’mon Royal Mint…Give us a 50p with a Class 373 TMST on it, *please*! 😀
This is what he is rembered the most for waiting at the station
It’s a bit bad to ask for people’s favourite
When 2 of the coins haven’t been released for inspection yet.
Hi Steve, we could always do a second vote later in the year, but we thought it would be good to get everyone’s opinion about the designs now that we know how each coin will look.
St Paul’s cathedral its Paddington bear being an English gentleman
I have one question that it would be awesome to know. Are the paddington coins considered rare as I bought the 2018 set of coins but so far I have only managed to get the paddington at the station one?
Hi Hollie, congrats on finding the Paddington at the Station 50p and best of luck finding the other Paddington coins for your collection. As of yet we don’t know the mintage figures for these coins, so we don’t know how rare they are. Make sure you follow our blog for the latest mintage figure updates.
@Rachel I would really like to know why the Royal Mint seem to be so slow and close-handed when it comes to releasing mintage figures. It was only at the start of this year (2019) that 2017s 50p mintage was published (We’re still waiting on the data for £2 coins, it seems!) and it’s rather hard to believe the Royal Mint doesn’t have access to technology which could give mintage figures as they come off the mints! 😮
When it comes to recent releases (i.e. The Paddington 50ps here) not having access to definite mintage figures makes it hard for people to know what sort of chance they or fellow collectors have of getting any given coin. This makes accurate planning and weighing up of swaps all the more difficult (Just imagine someone swapping a “spare” Kew for a Scouts and a VC back in 2010!) and has probably caused a lot of inconvenience to a lot of people over the years. 🙁
Is there any reason why the Royal Mint seems to be set on making life as hard for collectors as possible? Their approach to coins like the “2018” Isaac Newton 50p (Only available in the one specific place miles from the majority of the population for a very short duration) and the Olympic releases often causes me to raise questions over their morals and practice… :-/
Cheers for any info and insight! 🙂
Hi John, thanks for getting in touch. The Royal Mint generally release mintage figures a year or two after the coins are released into circulation or requested from HM Treasury and stored at the Royal Mint ready to go into circulation. Unfortunately no £2 coins have entered circulation since 2016, so we won’t have any updated mintage figures for this denomination until new coins are released. It will be great to find out the mintage figures for the 2018 50p coins, especially as so many different designs entered circulation last year. I appreciate that this makes it harder to weigh the value of swaps for the newer coins and I would always suggest holding onto any coins which the mintage figures haven’t been released for and only swapping spares until the figures are revealed. You never know, you might have the next Kew Gardens in your collection!
Little fed up YET more coins being released but haven’t as yet found all of last years releases.
This site is Change Checker so I religiously check my change but nothing.
Not everyone can afford to buy from Westminster or Mint.
Hi Jackie, sorry to hear you’re struggling to find last year’s coins. We appreciate the frustration felt by collectors and have actually set up the Change Checker Face Value Coin Ballot which you might be interested in: https://www.changechecker.org/2019/05/01/your-chance-to-own-the-latest-uk-new-issue-50p-and-2-coins-for-face-value/
plenty of all 3 single coins on Ebay