Royal Mint launches new rare Disney 50p coin featuring Kanga and Roo – but how much are they really worth?

COIN collectors should keep their eyes peeled as a new Disney-themed 50p coin is launched.

The Royal Mint – the company which produces all the UK’s coins – has issued a new 50p coin featuring Kanga and Roo, two favourite characters from the Winnie the Pooh series.

The Kanga & Roo coin is the latest to join the Winnie the Pooh collection


The Kanga & Roo coin is the latest to join the Winnie the Pooh collectionCredit: The Royal Mint

The coin is part of a series featuring the characters from A.A Milne’s infamous books, first published in 1926.

The Winnie the Pooh collection was launched to mark 100 years since the birth of the real Christopher Robin – the son of A.A. Milne, who wrote the books.

Each coin in the collection features a detailed image of one of the beloved characters from Hundred Acre Wood.

Eeyore 50p became the latest coin to join the collection when it was launched earlier this year.

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And the newest addition to the set features Kanga and Roo, a mother and son kangaroo family who befriended Pooh, Owl, Tigger and the rest of the gang.

In the coin, the pair are pictured with Roo seated on a high stall apparently being washed or fed by his mum.

This is the penultimate release in the collection – meaning there is one left to come before the nine-strong range is complete.

But if you’re hoping to spot one in your change, you might be disappointed.

These are uncirculated commemorative coins, so you’ll have to buy them from the Royal Mint if you want to add one to your collection.

Prices start at £10, but there is also a special colour edition that costs £20.

You can even get a limited edition gold proof version of the coin, which will set you back a hefty £1,150.

You might spot them on sites like Ebay in the coming weeks too.

Rebecca Morgan, director of collector services at The Royal Mint, said: “The Winnie the Pooh and Friends 50p collection, inspired by Disney, is a popular choice for collectors.

“This design is inspired by the original illustrations of E.H Shepard and the mother and son duo are sure to be an exciting addition to the gang.”

How much is my rare 50p really worth?

If you are planning to buy a coin second-hand through a site like Ebay, make sure you’re not overpaying.

Look through completed listings to see what they typically sell for and set yourself a limit when you’re bidding.

Some rare and valuable coins sell for significantly more than their face value.

How much you can expect to pay usually depends on how rare they are.

So it’s worth checking on sites like Coin Hunter to see how many of the design is in circulation.

Some designs, like the Flopsy Bunny 50p coin have sold on eBay for as much as £50 – that’s 100 times more than its original face value.

And the Kew Gardens 50p is always popular with collectors – with just 210,000 in circulation, it’s been known to sell for around £700 on eBay.

We’ve previously looked at the 10 rarest and most valuable coins worth up to £400, and the most valuable £2 coins in circulation.

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Be sure to watch out for fakes if you’re buying rare coins though.

And if you’re selling, you can get your coin verified by The Royal Mint to reassure buyers that they’re paying for the real deal.


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