The Winnie the Pooh 50p coin was released as part of a set of Winnie the Pooh coins. This is the first time he has appeared on a coin in the UK and it will be very popular with children and collectors alike.
History of the coin
Before 1971, the UK used a system of currency which included pounds, shillings and pence. In 1971, we changed to the decimal currency system and a new coin set was introduced. The 7 sided 50 pence piece was the third new coin which was minted in 1969. Its distinctive shape makes it easily recognisable.
The first coin had an image of Britannia, but over the years this has been changed to include many commemorative designs.
About Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh is a bear who was created by A.A. Milne. The first book was published in 1926, and the stories have since been translated in to several languages. A film and TV series have been produced and Winnie the Pooh merchandise is sold all over the World.
Winnie the Pooh’s real name is Pooh Bear. He is owned by a boy called Christopher Robin, who was actually A.A. Milne’s son. Pooh Bear lives in Hundred Acre Wood with his friends and loves to eat honey. He describes himself as a ‘bear of very little brain’, but he does help to get them all out of some of their adventures.
He loves visiting his friends, Owl, Piglet, Eeyore, Tigger, Kanga and Roo, often in the hope of a snack.
The stories still capture the imagination of children and in 2016 a special story was published, ‘Winnie the Pooh Meets the Queen’, to celebrate the queen’s 90th birthday.
How many Winnie the Pooh 50p coins were made?
The Winnie the Pooh 50p was not circulated and only limited numbers have been produced.
Design and Designer
The coin has an image of Winnie the Pooh sitting on the floor eating ‘hunny’, with his name to one side. A bee is buzzing over the letters.
- Obverse design:
This has the 6th portrait of the Queen, created by Jody Clark
- Designer: H. Shephard / Disney
Disney obtained the rights to Winnie the Pooh in 1961, and still own them today. The image shown on the coin is owned by them, and was drawn by E.H. Shepard.
Shephard was an illustrator and he worked on Winnie the Pooh and The Wind in the Willows.
Born in 1897, he went to Heatherley School of Fine Art in Chelsea , and then went on to the Royal Academy Schools where he won a Landseer scholarship and a British Institute Prize.
He had a number of exhibitions, including Glasgow, Birmingham and Liverpool, until he joined the Royal Artillery in the first World War. Here he saw action in the Battle of the Somme and went on to the Intelligence Department where he sketched maps.
After the war he was introduced to A.A. Milne and began illustrating his Winnie the Pooh stories. Such is the popularity of his sketches, that they were exhibited at the Victoria and Albert Museum in 1969.
The Winnie the Pooh 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