How Much is your Paddington Bear 50p Worth in 2022

Do you have a Paddington Bear 50p?  Did you know if you find one in good enough condition it could be worth more than the face value of 50p?

Read on to find out the real values of all 4 designs of these rare Paddington Bear 50p coins in 2021.

How Much is Paddington Bear 50p Worth
Credit: The Royal Mint

Padding Bear 50p Coin Values in 2021

The Royal Mint initially launched 2 Paddington Bear 50p coin designs in 2018 to celebrate 60 years since the first Paddington Bear book publication in 1958.

The Paddington Bear 50p coins are not one of the rarest and most valuable 50p coins in circulation, however, because they are one-off minted designs they are rarer than the same designs minted every year like for example the Royal Sheild.

Therefore if you find any, even the more common ones in excellent or even uncirculated condition they can be worth more than face value and easily sold online, if you are not inclined to collect them or maybe have duplicates.

We regularly keep an eye on the latest prices and have included them under the headers for each coin image below.

Paddington at the Station (2018) 50p Value 

Mintage: 5,001,000

Paddington at the Station 50p is worth:

Excellent Condition: £1.20  to £3.00

Uncirculated Conditon: £3.00 to £4.00

Paddington at the Station 50p
Credit: The Royal Mint

The Paddington at the Station, represent how Paddington was named.  He was found at and named after Paddington train station in London.

Paddington at the Palace (2018) 50p Value

Mintage: 5,901,000

Paddington at the Palace 50p is worth:

Excellent Condition: £1.20  to £2.50

Uncirculated Condition: £3.00 to £4.00

Paddington at the Palace 50p
Credit: The Royal Mint

The Paddington at the Palace design was inspired by the picture storybook Paddington at the Palace published in 1986.  The coin design depicts Paddington Bear posing outside Buckingham Palace wave a Union Jack flag in his right paw.

Paddington at the Tower (2019p) 50p Value

Mintage: 9,001,000

Paddington at the Tower 50p is worth:

Excellent Condition: £1.00  to £2.00

Uncirculated Condition: £2.65 to £4.00

Paddington at Tower of London 50p
Credit: The Royal Mint

The Paddington at the Tower 50p coin design was inspired by the storybook Paddington at the Tower published in 1973.

Paddington at St. Pauls Cathedral (2019) Value

Mintage: 9,001,000

Paddington at the Cathedral 50p is worth:

Excellent Condition: £1.00  to £2.00

Uncirculated Condition: £2.65 to £4.00

Paddington at St Pauls Cathedral 50p
Credit: The Royal Mint

The Paddington at the Cathedral 50p coin is a fitting tribute to the final book by author Michael Brown,  Paddington at St Paul’s published a year earlier in 2018.

FAQ’s

Here are some answers to the most commonly asked questions we are asked.

How Many Different Paddington Bear 50p Coins are There?

There have been 4 designs of Paddington Bear 50p coins released into circulation by the Royal Mint.  The first 2 designs, Paddington at the Station and Paddington at the Palace were released in 2018.

In 2019 The Royal Mint followed up with 2 more designs, Paddington at the Tower and Padding at St Paul’s Cathedral.  The coins released in 2019 are much more common as nearly twice as many were minted.

All 4 designs have proved extremely popular with collectors.

Which Paddington Bear 50p is Rare?

Paddington at the Station 2018 is the rarest of the 4 Paddington Bear 50p coins in circulation.   Although with over 5 million minted it is not one of the rarest 50p’s in circulation, which are not only rarer but also more valuable.

Which Paddington Bear 50p is Worth the Most?

Paddington at the Station is the design which is generally worth the most of all 4 designs.  Although the prices of all 4 coins are all fairly similar.

Generally, we see Paddington at the station fetches a little more on average in excellent circulated condition.  All 4 designs can sell for a similar value in uncirculated conditions, but the Station and Palace designs on average get that little bit more often.

How Many Paddington Bear 50p Coins Were Made For Circulation?

The mintage figures of the 4 Paddington Bear Designs are listed in order of release below:

  • Paddington Bear at the Station had 5,001,000 minted in 2018
  • Paddington Bear at the Palace had 5,901,000 minted in 2018
  • Paddington Bear at the Tower had 9,001,000 minted in 2019
  • Paddington Bear at St. Pauls Cathedral had 9,001,000 minted in 2019

Where Can I Sell My Paddington Bear 50p

The most obvious place to sell a Paddington Bear 50p is eBay.  There are always buyers looking for these coins.  You can use our price guides above as to how much you can expect to achieve.

Bear in mind you will also incur eBay and possibly Paypal fees.

Why Are Some Paddingtons Selling for Thousands of Pounds?

If you were to go to eBay and search pretty much any collectable or in our case rare 50p coin you will find some listed for thousands of pounds.

We’ve done this ourselves for Paddington Bear 50ps and there were multiple listings offering them for £1000’s.

Looking right now I see prices for the coins I have covered above:

  • £35,000
  • £10,000
  • £25,000

and everything else in between.

However, they were nothing more than the normal everyday coins people pay between £1 to £10 for.

Even if the listing is marked as sold, this doesn’t actually confirm that any buyer parted with those funds and the sale went through.

You’ll find this happening for a lot of coins as well as other collectables, which is why it’s important to know the true value ranges of these coins so you don’t get cheated or falsely be lead to believe you have a collectable worth an artificially high price.

Newspapers will periodically pick upon these sale prices and use them for clickbait headlines.  Don’t fall for it.

Who Designed the Paddington Bear 50ps?

The designer for all 4 of the Paddington Bear 50p coins was David Knapton.  He has designed a number of other coins for the Royal Mint including working as part of the team designing some of the rare 10p alphabet coins.

About Paddington Bear

Paddington Bear is a fictional character who first appeared in 1958, the creation of English author Michael Bond. The friendly bear from Darkest Peru has become an icon worldwide.

He was found abandoned at Paddington Station in London, hence his name.

The stories are about the bear with the red hat and blue duffle coat started as short picture stories first published in 1958.

Paddington’s first adventure was published by William Collins Publishers (UK) on 13 October 1958 entitled “A Bear Called Paddington”.

The author continued to publish Paddington books regularly until 1988 and then again from 2001 to the last title before his death, Paddington at St. Pauls in 2018.

The story of Paddington has even been developed into mainstream movies.  Both movies, Paddington and Paddington 2 featured a computer-animated Paddington along with a live action cast and proved highly sucessful both in terms of box office takings and critical reception.

A third movie instalment is believed to be in the works.

 

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