Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station

2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the book A Bear Called Paddington. Since that first publication, Paddington has been a part of many childhoods, becoming a British icon around the world and a firm favourite with children and adults alike. The Royal Mint continued its tradition of honouring Britain’s childhood favourites with two official UK coins celebrating the kind-hearted bear that started a new life a long way from home in Darkest Peru: Paddington Bear at the Station and Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace.

The British fifty pence (50p) coin - often pronounced fifty pee - is a unit of currency equalling one half of a pound sterling. It is a seven-sided coin formed as an equilateral-curve heptagon, or Reuleaux polygon - a curve of constant width, meaning that the diameter is constant across any bisection. This shape, which was revolutionary at the time, made it easily distinguishable from round coins both by feel and by sight, while its constant breadth allowed it to roll in vending machines.

The denomination was introduced in October 1969 with a large version of the coin; it was reduced in size in 1997, with the older coins being demonetised in 1998. The design of the new (smaller) type remained unchanged at that time, retaining Christopher Ironside's Britannia reverse. In 2008 though the regular reverse was changed to Matthew Dent's design; in a world-first concept, the designs for the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins depict sections of the Royal Shield that form the whole shield when placed together (the shield in its entirety being featured on the £1 coin).

The denomination has also been used extensively to issue one-year types of commemorative coins such as this one.

Twenty pence and fifty pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of £10; this means that it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 20p and 50p coins in order to settle a debt.

Coins issued in 2018 have now been in circulation for only four years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,175,546 (5.2 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station - reverse photo

The reverse shows Paddington Bear at the station, sitting on his suitcase, with a modern train in the background. Every detail has been considered on the coin, from Paddington’s famous duffel coat to the label around his neck that reads (in the book, but not on the actual coin) 'Please look after this Bear. Thank You.’

The designer's initials DK (for David Knapton) are in the lower right field at the bear's feet.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription (none)
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Commemorative mintage listed by the Royal Mint includes 57,206 "Brilliant Uncirculated Coin" (presumably those in cards), plus 117,340 "Brilliant Uncirculated 50p Coin in Tubes".

Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station: Known varieties
Variety Specimen in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station / Specimen in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station / Specimen in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 57,206 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product code: UK18PSBU.

Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 39,482
Material0.925 Silver
Details

On silver proof coins, the figure of Paddington Bear is coloured. Issued boxed. Royal Mint Product code: UK18PSSP. Edition limit: 60,000.

Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 599
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.50g 22-carat gold, diameter 27.30mm.
Issued in a presentation box, Royal Mint Product code: UK18PSGP, Edition limit: 600.

Total mintage limit: 1,250.

Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station: References to Information Used
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Royal Mint 14th October 2019 Mintage link
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom March 2021 Mintage link Collector coin mintage
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Fifty Pence 2017 Tom Kitten 9,659,302 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Mr. Jeremy Fisher 10,065,668 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Benjamin Bunny 25,158,022 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Sir Isaac Newton 1,801,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF· 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 (mint sets only) 33,086 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
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Fifty Pence 2018 Mrs. Tittlemouse 1,830,385 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 The Tailor of Gloucester 4,036,319 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Flopsy Bunny 1,532,759 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station 5,175,546 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace 6,050,841 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
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Fifty Pence 2019 Paddington Bear at St Paul's 9,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
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Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (One year types)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage5,001,000 (5.0 million)
Total Mintage5,175,546 (5.2 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerDavid Knapton
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.300 mm
Thickness1.780 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDRNAZ-OGWC-VABJ-OXJL
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Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station: Photos
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Paddington at the Station 2018 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin
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Paddington at the Station 2018 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin
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Paddington at the Station 2018 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin
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Paddington at the Station 2018 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin
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Paddington at the Station 2018 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Paddington at the Station 2018 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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