Winnie the Pooh and some coins

 The Royal Mint has marked the famous bear’s 95th birthday with collectable coins.

Mint designers have said the nine commemorative coins are inspired by E H Shepard’s original drawings and A A Milne’s stories.

Pooh is well-known for words of wisdom and the Hundred Acre Wood’s most famous resident once said “sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart”.

 These coins will bear images of Pooh and friends will take up most room in your moneybox as they will be 50p pieces – available in gold, silver and a special-edition colour.

The coins feature an original watercolour effect and they were created at The Royal Mint’s headquarters by designer Daniel Thorne who said he wanted to “stay true to the iconic E H Shepard decorations”.

“Using inspiration from the original decorations of E H Shepard has been a fantastic experience but one that has also tested me,” he said.

Inspired by the original decorations, the buzzy bee from the storybooks features on each of the nine coins in the collection. I hope collectors can appreciate the beauty in each design in the range and enjoy the special colour editions,”he said.

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