Christopher Robin 2020 Gold Proof 50p : Winnie the Pooh and Friends Collection
“Sometimes,” said Pooh, “the smallest things take the most room in your heart.” Winnie the Pooh was likely referring to his friend Piglet but we're sure numismatists everywhere will agree with the sentiment, particularly with the care and attention devoted to their collections. This Christopher Robin Gold Proof 50p coin is new for 2020. The Royal Mint in partnership with The Walt Disney Company, have created the 'Classic Pooh' series honouring the characters of the beloved children's stories including Christopher Robin. Although Pooh would have likely been more concerned with 'Hunny' than 'Munny', this highly collectible coin series pays an honest tribute to A.A. Milne's beloved creations. Each character was inspired by the toys of Christopher Robin, the real life son of the author who became a protagonist for the books. Just 525 individually boxed coins were minted for this nine-coin collection.
When author Alan Alexander Milne (better known as A.A.Milne) first conceived the idea of turning his son Christopher Robin's toys into books, he could never have foreseen their success. Taught by a young H.G. Wells and having read mathematics at Cambridge, Milne moved to London and forged a career as a freelance writer. Despite being a pacifist, he served as an officer in World War One. After the war, he turned his attention to playwriting before entering the world of children's literature, and ultimately, dreaming up the Hundred Acre Wood residents. The book series' namesake and real life son of A.A. Milne, Christopher Robin Milne, was not reported to have increasingly resented his father's books as he grew up and declined royalties. In later life, Christopher married his first cousin, Lesley, and moved to Dartmoor. There, he had a daughter, Clare, and opened an independent bookstore.
For over 90 years, generations of children and adults alike have enjoyed the stories of Winnie the Pooh and his animal friends:
- Loyal Piglet
- Gloomy Eeyore
- Uptight Rabbit
- 'Wise' Owl
- Bouncy Tigger
- Charming Kanga
- Adorable Roo
The books are considered to be modern literature classics for children. The stories are also a source of comfort for adults and the character of Eeyore is even said to echo author Milne's own PTSD after fighting in World War One. In 1977, The Walt Disney Company created The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, an animated series inspired by the works of A.A. Milne, which formed the basis for Disney's involvement in creating this Royal Mint series.
This coin series from The Royal Mint and Disney makes use of a bee acting as a motif, connecting the coin series on the reverse. Accompanying each bee is an illustrated depiction of a Milne character and an inscription of the character's name. The coins released so far in the collection are; Winnie the Pooh, Christopher Robin, and Piglet. Six more coins will follow over the next two years. The obverse of the coin hosts the 5th Portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. Each character coin will be boxed with drawings from the author's illustrated works.
The Royal Mint's highly collectible tribute to A.A. Milne's much-loved characters in a nine coin set will evoke nostalgia and the warmest of childhood memories. The latest arrival is this 'Christopher Robin' Silver Proof 50p coin, accompanied by Winnie the Pooh and his woodland friends. Gold and Silver Proofs are available in addition to a series of Brilliant Uncirculated coins. The Disney design of the coins are an immaculate homage to the acclaimed book series that coin collectors will adore.
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