New coins celebrating Paddington Bear will soon start showing up in people’s pockets and wallets.
The Royal Mint has announced that two 50p coin designs featuring the beloved bear will enter UK circulation from October.
The release coincides with the 60th anniversary of the much-loved character, who was first introduced to the nation in 1958 in a book written by Michael Bond called A Bear Called Paddington.
The coin designs depict the Peruvian bear in two locations from his adventures - sitting on his suitcase at Paddington station and on a day out at Buckingham Palace.
The Royal Mint has previously released collectors’ versions of Paddington coins for people to buy, with prices ranging from £10 to £60.
Silver proof and brilliant uncirculated coins are still available to buy on the Royal Mint’s website as well as an album in which to store the coins.
And now, Paddington fans will also be able to get their paws on plain-metal coins celebrating the bear - free of charge.
The first plain-metal circulating versions of the coins will soon be found in people’s change, the Royal Mint said.
Nicola Howell, director of consumer coin at the Royal Mint, said: “If you enjoy collecting coins, then keep your eyes peeled for Paddington Bear in your change and keep them safe in their own special collector album.
“Paddington Bear is well-loved and a part of British popular culture, and we’re incredibly proud to be playing a part in the 60th anniversary celebrations.”