“It isn’t much good having anything exciting, if you can’t share it with somebody.” said Winnie the Pooh
Well, this silly old bear was right, as we’re so excited to share with Change Checkers that the brand new Winnie the Pooh 50p has just been released!
This coin is the first in a 3-year collection of 9 coins celebrating this world-famous, honey-loving bear!
2020 UK Winnie the Pooh 50p
First in the series we see Winnie the Pooh himself, just as we remember him, with a reverse design by The Walt Disney Company which features an original illustration from the Winnie the Pooh storybooks by E.H. Shepard.
This 50p has been issued in a number of specifications, including Brilliant Uncirculated quality for JUST £4.50! (+p&p)
The Story Behind the Classic
Winnie the Pooh was a collection of short stories first published in 1926 by A.A. Milne, for his son, Christopher Robin.
Most of Christopher Robin’s real life toys were the inspiration for A.A. Milne’s characters, but most significantly his favourite teddy bear which Winnie the Pooh himself is based on!
Alongside Winnie the Pooh, the fictional Hundred-Acre-Wood is inhabited by:
- The timid but sometimes brave, Piglet
- The glum but loveable donkey, Eeyore
- The bouncy, one-of-a-king, Tigger
- The loving and gentle, Kanga and her baby Roo
- The terribly organised Rabbit,
- The wise, old, Owl, and
- The scary, honey-stealing Heffalumps!
The timeless and universal appeal of this silly old bear is unparalleled. He’s featured in 3 books, various film adaptations, and much much more.
But today, for the first time in the UK, he features on the nation’s best-loved coin, the 50p.
This brand new coin has has been issued in Superior Brilliant Quality for JUST £4.50 (+p&p) and a range of other specifications.
Could this become the most sought-after 50p ever?
We’ve seen some incredible character 50ps in the past, which have been a world-wide hit with collectors.
In 2019, to mark the 20th Anniversary of Julia Donaldson’s much-loved children’s book The Gruffalo®, a new 50p was issued.
This coin was so popular that the silver-proof version completely SOLD OUT at the Royal Mint within 12 hours of its release, making it the fastest selling and most popular 50p ever. That’s a 50p sold every 2 seconds!
We’ve also seen the huge popularity of the Beatrix Potter 50ps, issued to celebrate the life and work of Beatrix Potter and the 150th Anniversary of her birth.
These coins were so popular amongst collectors, they reached heights that hadn’t been seen since the 2011 Olympic 50p series. Collectors of all ages were racing to add these coins to their collections and to gift them to friends and family.
And now that a brand new series has just been released featuring an all-time favourite childhood character, could we see this first coin becoming even more popular than the likes of the 50ps mentioned above?
Winnie the Pooh 50p Series
Later in 2020, Christopher Robin and Piglet will continue this honey-sweet 50p series.
This 50p series is sure to be a hit with collectors, so make sure you don’t miss out on owning the next two coins in the series.
- You can pre-order the 2020 Christopher Robin 50p to your collection, by clicking here.
- And, to guarantee the 2020 Piglet 50p to your collection when it’s released later in the year, pre-order yours by clicking here.
This coin is sure to be a hit with coin collectors and Winnie the Pooh fans alike!
We can’t wait for the release of the Christopher Robin and Piglet 50p coins and to see how the rest of the Winnie the Pooh 50p series unfolds!
Which Winnie the Pooh character would you like to see celebrated on a 50p? Comment below!
Secure the first-ever UK Winnie the Pooh 50p to your collection today for JUST £4.50 (+p&p)
©Disney. Based on the “Winnie the Pooh” works by A. A. Milne and E. H. Shepard.
It’s time to dust off your dabbers because Change Checker is proud to host its very first LIVE Coin Bingo event!
You don’t need to be a bingo buff to get involved, all you need is your 50p collection to hand, our helpful key and your Change Checker bingo sheet.
To get involved just follow these simple steps:
- Gather your 50p collection so that your coins are to hand!
- Download your Change Checker Live Bingo Key and your Change Checker Live Bingo Scorecard print them out!
- Head to our Facebook page Wednesday 24th June, at 12pm and tune in to our LIVE Coin Bingo video.
- When a number is called, check your Bingo Key to see which 50p it corresponds to. If you’ve got this 50p in your collection, place it on your scorecard!
- If you manage to fill all 9 squares with the 50p coins that are called out, take a photo of your completed Bingo Scorecard and post it in the comments of the Live Bingo video post!
The first person to get ‘BINGO’ and post a photo in the comments, will be winning a Change Checker Album and a set of THREE Trading Cards!
There will also be two runner up prizes of three Trading Cards for the two next complete scorecard owners!
So, start gathering your 50ps, print off your Bingo kit, and tune back in to our Facebook page, Wednesday 24th June at 12pm.
We can’t wait to see you there!
If you’re interested in coin collecting, our Change Checker web app is completely free to use and allows users to:
– Find and identify the coins in their pocket
– Collect and track the coins they have
– Swap their spare coins with other Change Checkers
Sign up today at: www.changechecker.org/app
*** UPDATE ***
An extra 1.5 million Brexit 50ps have been released into circulation following the 3 million initially released when Britain left to EU.
The Treasury has confirmed the number of Brexit 50p coins will increase to 10 million by the end of the year to satisfy collector demand.
On the 31st January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union – over three and half years after the Vote.
This departure is possibly one of the most historically significant events to happen in modern history, so we know collectors will be extremely excited to hear a brand new United Kingdom coin has been issued to commemorate the occasion.
The 2020 UK Brexit 50p has been officially released today and is the only official United Kingdom coin to commemorate the occasion.
Although the design had been rumoured some time ago, the final design features the inscription ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations‘ and the all-important date – 31st January 2020 – underneath.
However, this brand new 50p isn’t the only coin to have been issued to documents Britain’s relationship with the European Union.
In this blog, we take a look back at the coins which tell the story of the 43 year long partnership between the UK and the EU.
1973 European Economic Community 50p
In 1973, after over a decade of debate and discussion, Britain was finally successful in joining the EU – then known as the European Economic Community (EEC).
To mark such a ground-breaking partnership, The Royal Mint issued the FIRST-EVER commemorative 50p!
It’s hard to believe there was a time when commemorative 50p coins weren’t commonplace, but this 1973 coin was the very first of its kind!
The design features nine hands clasping each other in a circle, symbolising the nine member state of the community.
As the first-ever commemorative 50p, it’s unsurprising this release is considered hugely significant in British history, numismatic history, and is a staple of any UK coin collection.
The 1973 EEC 50p had a circulating mintage of 89,755,000.
1992/3 European Council Presidency 50p
In 1992/3 the UK celebrated its presidency of the European Council of Ministers, and the completion of the Single Market.
The intricate design of this 50p, by Mary Milner Dickens (who later designed the 2000 Libraries and the 2003 Suffragettes 50ps) shows a conference table seen from above, around which are the 12 chairs for the Council of Ministers.
However, what makes this 50p particularly special and sought-after by collectors is not the design, but the mintage.
This 1992/3 European Community Presidency 50p had a circulating mintage of JUST 109,000! It is the rarest UK 50p to EVER enter circulation.
When you consider the Kew Gardens is the rarest 50p currently in circulation and has a mintage of 210,000 you start to grasp how small the mintage for this 50p really is!
Any Change Checker who is lucky enough to have this coin in their collection must be incredibly pleased!
1998 UK Entry to the EEC 25th Anniversary 50p
In 1998 a new United Kingdom 50p was issued to commemorate 25 years since the UK joined the EEC.
Remarkably, this European-Union-inspired 50p coin is the subject of another numismatic first – the first ‘new sized’ commemorative 50p to be issued following the specification change in 1997.
The old larger coins were removed from circulation and it’s this new sized 50p that has featured some of our most iconic coin designs and has become the most collected coin in the world!
Designed by John Mills (designer of the much-loved 1994 D-Day 50p), the reverse of this coin shows 12 stars to represent the 12 ministers and had a circulating mintage of 5,043,000.
And there we have it! The UK’s relationship with the EU as told by coins!
It’s incredible to look back at some of the most ground-breaking 50p issues that are tied to this 47 year relationship.
Do you have any of these coins in your collection? Let us know in the comments below!
Brand new UK Brexit 50p – Secure yours today
As you would expect with a coin this historic the brand new UK Brexit 50p has been struck to superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality and protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging to preserve its quality forever.