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As the Royal Mint launches a Winnie the Pooh 50p coin, here's other book-inspired collectables to buy

From 23 September, Winne the Pooh fans will be able to get their hands on a commemorative 50p coin, created by The Royal Mint.

The classic stories written by A.A. Milne, telling the tales of Winne the Pooh and his friends, inspired the designs and are appearing for the first time in a limited edition coin series.

While it won’t be entering circulation, you can buy your own online as a keepsake piece to add to an existing coin collection or to start a new one.

In the run-up to Christmas, a Piglet and a Christopher Robin coin will be released to the public too, which would make the perfect gift for a fan of the books. 

Available as a single 50p piece in silver, gold or a coloured version,  each one is decorated with watercolour illustrations by E.H. Shepard. The coin depicts Winnie the Pooh happily sitting with a jar of honey, his favourite treat. As part of the series, you can also get your hands on different sized sets which feature other Winnie the Pooh-inspired coins, too. 

With a limited edition run of 18,000 coins, snap yours up quick to avoid being disappointed.

As well as the new collection, we’ve rounded up other coins inspired by literary and film icons for children, from Paddington to Wallace and Gromit, to help you curate your very own library of commemorative coins.  

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Winnie the Pooh

Fans of the honey-loving bear will be thrilled at the Royal Mint’s latest collection. As well as an individual coloured coin (The Royal Mint, £20) and gold and silver versions, the Winnie the Pooh-inspired collectables are available in a range of different sized sets, including a coloured set of three (The Royal Mint, £60) and a set of nine silver coins (The Royal Mint, £90) showcasing different characters. 

Some of the coins that feature in this collection have yet to launch, but if you order the nine-coin set now, you’ll receive the first Winnie the Pooh coin shortly after purchase, then the rest will be despatched (and charged to your account) upon release. Coins inspired by Piglet and Christopher Robin can be expected in October and November, for example, while a further six will be released over the next two years.  

Commemorate the famous bear and his pot of honey with this limited edition piece(The Royal Mint)

As only 18,000 coins are being made, snap yours up quick, because once it’s gone, it’s gone. 

Postage is free and with every purchase, you’ll receive a free coin holder so you can display them with pride on your mantelpiece.

Beatrix Potter

Peter Rabbit is perhaps the most well-known book series created by writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist, Beatrix Potter, which follows the mischievous rabbit as he’s chased around the garden of Mr. McGregor.

This set would make a beautiful gift that can be passed down to generations(The Royal Mint)

The set includes the first coin in the 2018 Beatrix Potter Collection, a gold 50p featuring an illustration of Peter Rabbit, and an accompanying book that has an illustrated cover designed exclusively for the set. The perfect (albeit very special) gift for Beatrix Potter fans.

The Gruffalo 

For fans of the famous children’s story book, this uncirculated coin is a special gift(The Royal Mint)

In the story, the duo join forces to walk through a dangerous forest with fantastical creatures causing danger at every turn.  

As it’s uncirculated, you can guarantee you won’t see this very often, making it all the more special, plus its been made with a dinner finish and comes in packaging that folds out to reveal fun facts about The Gruffalo.

Wallace and Gromit

The eccentric inventor, Wallace and his trusted canine friend, Gromit, were created by Nick Park, and what originally started out as four short films and one feature-length film has since spawned numerous spin-offs and TV adaptations, becoming a firm favourite in pop culture.

Fun and playful, this 50p coin pays homage to the inseparable duo (The Royal Mint)

There’s even the latin inscription “caseus praestans” on the surface of the coin, which translates to “cracking cheese”, as the characters are known for their obsession with the food.

Paddington Bear

This Paddington at the station 2018 UK 50p silver proof coin (The Royal Mint, £60) is a colourful keepsake for fans of the nation’s favourite bear. The character first appeared in the 1958 book, A Bear Called Paddington, written by Michael Bond and illustrated by Peggy Fortnum and other artists.

The adventurous bear is waiting patiently for his train on this commemorative coin(The Royal Mint)

With a limited edition run of 60,000, the gold coin proved so popular it sold out, so don’t miss out on your chance to add this silver style to your collection.

As the first design in the 2018 Paddington series by The Royal Mint, it has a unique colour printed design that shows off the bear’s blue coat and famous red hat.

Iron Man

This medal style coin depicts the Avenger in all his glory(The Royal Mint )

With only 15,00 available, the coin was made in collaboration between Royal Mail and The Royal Mint. It features a striking comic book-style medal cover that depicts Iron Man in full colour with the iconic infinity gauntlet on the reverse side.

Alongside the coin comes an illustrated biography on the Avenger, with imagery from the Marvel comic book archives. Only 15,000 have been issued worldwide, making this the perfect gift.

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