The Christopher Robin 50p was the 2nd coin released as part of the Winnie the Pooh series. The coin has not been released in to circulation and will be well sought after. Fans of Winnie the Pooh are all over the World and this is the first time any characters from the books have been featured on a coin by the Royal Mint.
History of the coin
The 50p coin was one of the new set of coins which was needed after the UK adopted decimal currency in 1971. Until then, we had used the system of pounds, shillings and pence. 50p was the equivalent of 10 shillings, and was one of the biggest coins of the set. It was reduced in size in the 1990s, but it still recognisable by its 7 sided shape.
About Christopher Robin
Christopher Robin was the boy who owned Winnie the Pooh. He was based on A.A. Milne’s son, Christopher. While he isn’t a main part of the stories, he does join in with Winnie the Pooh and his friends during some of his adventures.
In the earlier stories he is a young boy, and towards the later ones he is beginning to grow up.
Two films were made recently about Christopher Robin. Goodbye Christopher Robin was released in 2017 and Christopher Robin was released in 2018.
How many Christopher Robin 50p coins were made?
No Christopher Robin 50p coins were released in to circulation.
Design and Designer
The design shows Christopher Robin walking down the stairs, dragging Winnie the Pooh Behind him. His name appears at the bottom and a bee is buzzing behind him.
- Obverse design:
Jody Clark’s most recent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
- Designer: H. Shephard / Disney
The design on the coin is based on one of E H Shephard’s own illustrations. He worked with A.A. Milne and became the main illustrator for the Winnie the Pooh books. He became so well known for these illustrations that he began the resent the books and characters.
His illustrations were recognised with an exhibition at the Victoria and Albert museum in 1969, and he received an O.B.E. IN 1972.
During the war he sketched maps for the Intelligence Department and worked for Punch Magazine when the war finished.
The rights to Winnie the Pooh belong to Disney, and they own the illustration on the coin.
The Christopher Robin 50p was not released in to circulation.
- Brilliant uncirculated colour coins are available
- 45,000 Brilliant uncirculated colour coins were produced
- 18,000 Silver proof coins were produced
- 525 Gold proof coins were produced