Royal Mint launches new Winnie the Pooh 50p worth up to £1,095

Brits will be able to nab themselves a new 50p today featuring adored childhood book character Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.

One side of the new coin features an engraved drawing of the donkey, who is known for his melancholy moods, alongside his name “Eeyore” and the other side show’s Queen Elizabeth II’s head.

The image is inspired by the original illustrations in the Winnie the Pooh books which were drawn by artist E.H. Shepard.

The coin is part of a new range of Eeyore 50p pieces released by the Royal Mint.

However, you’re unlikely to spot them in your change as the coins are designed for collectors with prices ranging from £10 to £1,095.

The basic Eeyore 50p costs the least and will cost you a cool tenner to buy – it’s made of cuprous-nickel which is the same material as other 50p pieces.

But, coin collectors can spend £20 to bag the same coin with the Eeyore design in colour rather than plain metal.

A sterling silver Eeyore coin – also with colour – will set you back £67.50, reports the Mirror.

And, collectors with money to burn can purchase the most expensive 50p piece which is made from 22-carat red gold and costs a whopping £1,095.

The coins were designed by Daniel Thorne – an artist for the Royal Mint and they can be purchased from today on the Royal Mint website.

Not only does the Eeyore range join coins featuring Winnie the Pooh himself, but also further Hundred Acre Woods friends like Tigger, Owl, Kanga and Roo.

Daniel said: "Using inspiration from the original decorations of E.H. Shepard has been a fantastic experience but one that has also tested me as a designer.

“With each design, so much care and attention has been given to remastering the iconic decorations for the canvas of a coin while staying true to the texts people know and love."

The first Winnie-the-Pooh book was published in 1926 by A.A. Milne and was inspired by his son, Christopher Robin Milne – immortalised as the character of Christopher Robin.

Winnie-the-Pooh was based on Christopher’s teddy bear, Edward.

Father and son then named the character 'Winnie' after a bear called Winnie that lived in London Zoo and 'Pooh', after a swan they saw on holiday.

You can view the full collection on the Royal Mint website, here.

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