Paddington Bear to visit London landmarks on new 50p coins

Tuesday 13th August 2019 12:45 BST

Two new 50p coins to be released by the Royal Mint will show Paddington Bear visiting the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral.

Two other coins were released in 2018 to celebrate the bear's 60th birthday, showing Paddington visiting the train station he is named after, as well as with the guards outside Buckingham Palace.

The coins will begin entering general circulation in the next few weeks, but fans can get their hands on the 50p pieces as they begin to fill the tills at the Royal Mint Experience in Llantrisant, South Wales.

The Royal Mint is also selling "mint condition" editions of the coins which can be purchased for £10 each.

Nicola Howell, director of consumer coin at the Royal Mint, said: "Following the huge popularity of the coins featuring the much-loved bear last year, we thought it was only right that Paddington continued his adventures around London on UK coinage.

"Paddington Bear is a massive part of British popular culture and is a favourite amongst fans of all ages, who we're sure will be looking out for him in their change, the first of which will go into tills in the Royal Mint Experience."

Famous for his love of marmalade sandwiches, Paddington first appeared in a book published by then-Blue Peter cameraman Michael Bond, who found a bear alone on a shelf in Selfridges on Christmas Eve in 1956.

"I took it home as a present for my wife Brenda and named it Paddington as we were living near Paddington Station at the time," the author says on Paddington's website.

"I wrote some stories about the bear, more for fun than with the idea of having them published. After ten days I found that I had a book on my hands."

In the books, Paddington is named after the train station in London, where he was eventually found after being sent to the UK from Peru by his aunt Lucy.

Since then, Paddington has become a British cultural landmark, appearing in books, TV shows and, most recently, two critically acclaimed feature films starring Ben Whishaw.

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