The Royal Mint have unveiled a new limited edition 50 pence piece adorned with Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit.
Created to celebrate 150 years since Potter’s birth, the commemorative coin features a colour print of the much-loved rabbit, with an uncoloured version to appear in general circulation later this year. The coin is the first of a set of four to be released throughout the year, all depicting characters from Potter’s tales.
Royal Mint coin designer Emma Noble had the privilege of creating the special coin. “It is amazing to be given the opportunity to work with such famous and treasured literary characters,” she said. “I wanted to put Beatrix Potter’s illustrations to the fore front of my design as they are lovely images and the characters are very well known. I felt they were strong enough to stand alone and I designed them in this way as I thought they would work best for both the coloured commemorative and un-coloured circulating coins.”
Peter Rabbit has existed in book form since 1901, with Potter publishing a small run of the book herself, originally intended for her family and friends. Nevertheless, the book became a huge success in the following year after children’s publisher Frederick Warne & Co published it for the masses.
The commemorative coin is available to buy now from The Royal Mint.