Paddington Bear™, with his famous hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and love of marmalade, has become a classic character in English children’s literature.
- Contains .91 oz. of .925 Sterling Silver.
- Each coin comes in its original box with a certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: Displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
- Reverse: Features an image of Paddington himself, carrying his suitcase and waving to his adoring fans.
- Guaranteed by the government of the Isle of Man.
- Limited Mintage of 10,000 coins.
On Christmas Eve 1956, Michael Bond was in a London department store when he spotted a small bear. It was the last one on the shelf and, rather than leave him on his own, he purchased him for his wife. This bear inspired Bond to write a story and in 10 days he had written the first book, and the rest, as they say, is history.
In the first story, Paddington arrives at Paddington Station, London as a stowaway from Darkest Peru. He is found by the Brown family, sitting on his suitcase with a label around his neck that reads “Please look after this bear. Thank you”. The friendly bear, with his famous hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and love of marmalade, has become a classic character in English children’s literature.
The Paddington books have been translated into 40 languages, across 70 titles and more than 35 million copies have been sold worldwide. In 2014 a live action film “Paddington” was released, introducing this loveable character to a whole new generation of fans.
The idea that countries, big or small, can and should have their own coinage is what pushed the Pobjoy Mint forward. Pobjoy approached the Isle of Man government to begin a program of collector coins with corresponding values and specifications as British coins. In 1972, the Pobjoy Mint created the first practical set of coins for the Isle of Man including a 1/2 penny and up to 50 pence coins. These coins included historical and cultural elements, such as the Isle of Man’s distinctive three-legged “Triskele” insignia.
Since then, the Pobjoy Mint has issued an array of innovative and artistic coins sought after by some of the choosiest collectors. One particular contribution to numismatics and coin production was the development of the world’s first satisfactory man-made Precious Metal, called Virenium, which has been used in high denomination coinage since 1978. This was hailed worldwide as the first significant breakthrough in coinage from the last century.
The Pobjoy Mint provides circulation and collector coinage for 12 countries and territories, and that number is ever increasing. Pobjoy Mint has been consistently recognized within the numismatic industry for their innovations, including 45 “firsts” such as the first Silver one kilo coin, the first coin in the shape of the Eiffel Tower, the first titanium coin and the world’s highest relief coin. The Pobjoy Mint has demonstrated their ability to push the limits of the coin industry to surprising achievements and new heights.