The Treasury of the Isle of Man Government have issued new crown coins depicting one of the best known and most beloved bears in children’s literature. Paddington, renowned for his love of marmalade, has become a classic character first in English children’s literature then all over the world.
The legend of Paddington Bear started on Christmas Eve 1956, when Michael Bond was in a London department store and spotted a small stuffed 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. In just ten days he had written the first book – and the rest, as they say, is history. In the first story, The polite, kind-hearted bear arrives fittingly – 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 is named “Paddington Brown” by his new family and with his famous hat, battered suitcase, duffle coat and of course, his great affinity for marmalade has entertained children all over the world. With the Paddington books having been translated into 40 languages across 70 titles and more than 35 million copies having been sold worldwide, the adventures and escapades of Paddington continue to work their magic with a new generation of young readers. In 2014 a live action film ‘Paddington’ was released, introducing this lovable character to even more fans – young & old alike!
This beautiful coin, struck by the Pobjoy Mint UK on behalf of the Isle of Man Treasury, features an image of Paddington himself, carrying his suitcase and waving at his adoring fans. The obverse of the coin carries an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Lord of Mann, by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. This is Paddington’s second appearance on the coins of the Isle of Man, the first time was also on a crown issued in 2008.
Paddington’s adventures have been adapted several times for television and at the end of 2014 Paddington made his debut onto the big screen. In recognition of Paddington’s extraordinary popularity and success, Michael Bond was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) from the Queen for services to children’s literature in 1997.
For more information on this and other coins issued by the Isle of Man Treasury, please visit the new website of the Pobjoy Mint at: http://www.pobjoy.com/ Information offered in English – International orders dispatched.