Last year, the Royal Mint debuted what was the first three coins in a nine-coin, three year program dedicated to the world of literary pair A.A. Milne and E.H. Shephard. The former the writer, the latter the illustrator, they created a world beloved by children that is still hugely popular today. With the Royal Mint’s recent penchant for literary classics, Winnie the Pooh was obviously going to appear, and the 50 pence coin format was the natural choice.
In 2020 the three characters chosen were Christopher Robin, Piglet, and Winnie the Pooh. For 2021 we’re getting Winnie & Friends, Tigger, and Owl. All are in the same style defined by E.H. Shephard in the original books. It’s a great art style, so if you love the books, you’ll love the coins. We can imagine Tigger being especially popular.
The usual eight gram sterling silver format will be the most numerous offering, struck to a proof finish and selectively coloured. These are presented in the excellent solid acrylic block frames that make display easy. Also available, and with recent exoperience likely to be a quick seller, are the gold versions., which are struck in 22kt (0.9167) gold, in this case red gold. These are presented in the more common, but still excellent, polished wood boxes.
At the low end, there are also base metal brilliant uncirculated coins with an unlimited mintage. These can also be bought directly from the mint in a coloured variant with a 45,000 mintage limit. The clean versions sell for £10, while the coloured are £20, the latter of which we consider very overpriced for what’s on offer. A 100% markup for a bit of colour seems very excessive. Winnie & Friends is available now, with Owl in October, and Tigger in November.