Obverse. Photo © Royal Mint
  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Kanga and Roo
  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Kanga and Roo
  • 50 Pence 2022, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Kanga and Roo, Box with a certificate of authenticity
Description

The Winnie the Pooh and Friends UK 50p Coin Collection celebrates the much-loved characters of the classic storybooks on a series of UK 50p coins. The collection comprises nine coins in total and those released in 2020 featured Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin and Piglet. The collection returned in 2021 and featured Winnie the Pooh and Friends, Owl and Tigger. In 2022, the collection concludes with Eeyore, Kanga & Roo and Winnie the Pooh and his close Friends.

The first collection of stories about Winnie-the-Pooh was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children's verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard.

In 1961, Walt Disney Productions licensed certain film and other rights of Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories from the estate of A. A. Milne and the licensing agent Stephen Slesinger, Inc., and adapted the Pooh stories, using the unhyphenated name "Winnie the Pooh", into a series of features that would eventually become one of its most successful franchises.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark

·ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·50 PENCE·2022
J.C

Reverse

Depicts Kanga and her adventurous son Roo. A friendly bee buzzes from one coin to the next to link the series.

Roo is a fictional character created in 1926 by A. A. Milne and first featured in the book Winnie-the-Pooh. He is a young kangaroo (known as a joey). Kanga is a female kangaroo and the doting mother of Roo. The two live in a house near the Sandy Pit in the northwestern part of the forest. Kanga is the only female character to appear in the books and in most Winnie-the-Pooh media.

Like most other Pooh characters, Kanga and Roo are based on a stuffed toy animal that belonged to Milne's son, Christopher Robin Milne, though stuffed Roo was lost in the 1930s in an apple orchard somewhere in Sussex.

Kanga
& Roo
©Disney

Edge
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Gold
Fineness 0.91667
Weight 15.5 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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