The Royal Mint has released four new 50p coins as part of its ongoing celebration of the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's birth. The first coin, featuring a coloured Peter Rabbit design, was released on Monday, with the next coins set to follow in March, April and May.
The other designs include a Flopsy Bunny coin which will be released in March, The Tailor of Gloucester, which will be available on the Royal Mint website in April, followed by a Mrs Tittlemouse coin in May. Each Silver Proof Coloured coin will cost £60, while the Brilliant Uncirculated Silver coins will cost £10 each. Meanwhile, uncoloured plain-metal 50p coins featuring the same designs will be released into general circulation for a limited time later in the year, but the Royal Mint has not yet said how many will be produced.
The Royal Mint has released four new limited-edition Peter Rabbit 50p coins
The limited-edition coins are sure to be a hit with collectors, following the popularity of the initial Peter Rabbit coloured coins that were released in 2016. Some were sold for up to £720 on eBay, as collectors tried to get their hands on them at any cost. The original coins featured Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and another Peter Rabbit design. They were created by designer Emma Noble, who has previously worked on pieces to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee and Remembrance Sunday, and are produced in a hand-painted style.
Speaking about the new coins, Anne Jessopp, from The Royal Mint said: "The Beatrix Potter range has grown in popularity since Peter Rabbit was first introduced onto UK coins in 2016. This year we are delighted to present another group of Beatrix's characters, giving them a new lease of life on our specially-designed coloured commemorative coins."