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  • A recent survey by The Royal Mint has found that childhood character coins are inspiring new and younger collectors
  • 74% of 18- to 24-year-old collectors hailed childhood character coins as an inspiration for starting a collection, while 51% of 35- to 45-year-olds began collecting with childhood character coins  
  • The research marks the launch of the latest coin collection inspired by Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, which celebrates the lovable bear’s friend Owl on a 50p coin

The Royal Mint has revealed the results of a survey which found that childhood character coins are attracting new and younger coin collectors to take up and share the popular hobby. 

As well as minting the coins found in our pockets, The Royal Mint makes collectable coins celebrating key themes and milestones and featuring some of Britain’s most-loved childhood characters on UK coin.

The new findings mark the launch of the latest coin in the collection inspired by Disney’s Winnie the Pooh, which features Pooh’s trusted friend Owl on a 50p at The Royal Mint.

According to the new research, more than half of 35–44-year-olds said that childhood character coins were the main reason for starting a collection. The childhood character coins also inspired almost three-quarters of Royal Mint’s collectors aged 18-24.

  • 51% of 35- to 44-year-olds state childhood character coins as the main reason for collecting
  • 74% of 18- to 24-year-olds consider character coins as one of the reasons for collecting

The research also found that the timeless hobby of treasuring Britain’s favourite collectable item remains an interest which is passed down through generations – 45% started collecting because a grandparent or older relative introduced a collection to them, according to the survey results.

Mum of two, Januarie Braganza, from London, is a keen childhood character coin collector, on behalf of her 75-year-old mother Sunny Hall and children; 2-year-old Blaise and 1-year-old Winnie. She said:

“My children Winnie and Blaise collect coins with their Nanna Sunny, who has been collecting coins for years. It is a wonderful hobby they can enjoy together, and they regularly speak on Facetime and show their new coins. It makes her so happy to see the children sharing her passion and helps to keep her mind sharp.

Speaking of the launch of the latest Owl 50p which celebrates 95 years of Winnie the Pooh with a design based on the original E.H Shepard decorations, she added:

“We love the Winnie the Pooh coins best as my daughter has the same name! The latest Owl 50p coin is beautiful, and the colour really brings the character to life. We’re so excited to receive this coin as part of Blaise and Winnie’s collection and Nanna Sunny loves it too!”

Earlier this month, The Royal Mint revealed that coins are officially the most popular collectable item in the UK, with over a third of collectors having a passion for coins (36%). Stamps (30%) and books (26%) came in second and third most popular. The Royal Mint’s Divisional Director of Commemorative Coin Clare Maclennan said: 

“Coins are Britain’s favourite collectable item, and their appeal continues to reach new collectors with the increasing popularity of our childhood character coins which celebrate some of the greatest childhood stories and characters we know and love on official UK coin.   

“The collectable Owl 50p is the latest release in Winnie the Pooh series, marking the 95th anniversary of the lovable bear. Inspired by the original watercolour decorations of E.H. Shepard, and available in a vibrant special colour edition, the coin is itself a beautiful work of art for collectors of all ages, and we’re so thrilled to see these pieces are inspiring new and younger collectors to get involved.” 

The Owl 2021 UK 50p is the fifth release in the nine-coin Winnie the Pooh and Friends collection. See the full Winnie the Pooh commemorative collection, and others, at The Royal Mint.

 

Coin title

Owl 2021 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin

Owl 2021 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

Owl 2021 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated (Coloured)

Owl 2021 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

Alloy

916.7 Au – Red

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

15.50g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company

The Walt Disney Company

Quality

Proof

Proof

Brilliant Uncirculated

Brilliant Uncirculated

Maximum Coni Mintage

535

 

18000

45000

Unlimited

RRP

£1,065.00

£67.50

£20.00

£10.00

 

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About The Royal Mint

The Royal Mint has an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,100 years. Based in the Tower of London for over 500 years, by 1812 The Royal Mint had moved out of the Tower to premises on London’s Tower Hill. In 1967 the building of a new Royal Mint began on its current site in South Wales, UK, to accommodate the minting of UK decimal coinage.

Today, The Royal Mint is the world’s largest export mint, supplying coins to the UK and overseas countries. The Royal Mint has also diversified into a number of other complementary businesses, building on the values that have been at the heart of the organisation throughout its history - authenticity, security, precious metals, craftsmanship and design:

Precious Metals

Throughout history, The Royal Mint’s name has been synonymous with precious metals and bullion. The organisation trades physical and digital precious metal worldwide and has a global network of distributor partners.

Consumer coin division

The organisation runs a thriving commemorative coin business, gifting, and a collector services division retailing historic coins, an authentication and valuation service and secure storage.

The Royal Mint Experience

The Royal Mint entered the tourism business in 2016 when it opened its popular visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, at its home in Llantrisant, South Wales. The attraction welcomes around 100,000 visitors a year.

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