Thousands of people are queueing to get their hands on a new set of 50p coins that feature characters from children’s story Peter Pan.
The new collection of coins have been designed by The Westminster Collection – a leading distributor of collectable stamps and coins – in collaboration with Great Ormond Street to celebrate 90 years since author, JM Barrie, gifted all future rights of the book to children’s hospital.
Each of the six coins features a unique illustration of one of the characters from the novel.
Two feature Peter Pan himself while one features the fairy Tinker Bell and another shows the villainous pirate Captain Hook.
The fifth coin features Hook’s nemesis the Crocodile, while the final design shows Wendy sitting in bed alongside the Newfoundland nurse dog Nana.
Demand for the limited collection is already high with more than 2,000 customers queueing online to get their hands on the rare coins.
Each will be available to buy from The Westminster Collection in three different metals: gold, silver and base metal. The silver proof coins all have full-colour illustrations, while other metals have the same designs in monochrome.
Prices start at £6.25 for base metal coins, while the silver versions cost £65 and gold at £995.
A spokesperson from the Westminster Collection said: “It has been an honour working with this fantastic charity to create the world's first Peter Pan 50ps, and for every coin sold a donation will go directly to GOSH Charity to support the hospital’s most urgent needs: fund support services, pioneering research, equipment and refurbishment.”
As the Westminster Collection is separate to the Royal Mint, the coins – described as “British Isles 50p coins” – will not be considered legal tender in the United Kingdom.
However, 25,000 of each of the six designs will be entering circulation on the Isle of Man.
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