Royal Mint releases 50-pence Beatrix Potter coins

Peter Rabbit in “Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit in “Peter Rabbit

Proof coins are specially produced to a much higher standard of finish. This exhibition looks at Peter across the ages, and includes original artworks, first editions and early Peter Rabbit merchandise.

The Peter Rabbit coin is on sale from today, 19 February, and will be followed later this year by the other designs.

The coins are created by the Royal Mint in Wales, which produces all United Kingdom coinage.

Commemorative coins featuring some of Potter's other favourite creations first went on sale in 2016.

The Royal Mint, based in Wales, said the characters are created from hand-painted illustrations from Potter's books.

They included a different Peter Rabbit design, as well as Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle coins.

It is the latest design in the mint's Beatrix Potter collection, launched in 2016 to commemorate 150 years since her birth.

Anne Jessopp, acting CEO at The Royal Mint, said: 'The Beatrix Potter range has grown in popularity since Peter Rabbit was first introduced onto United Kingdom coins in 2016.

The 50-pence coin, worth about 70 US cents, is one of the eight coins issued by the Royal Mint, the others valued at 1 pence, 2 pence, 5 pence, 10 pence, 20 pence, one pound and two pounds.

"Since then, Peter Rabbit has been joined by a number of furry friends throughout the years". It also reveals a fresh insight into the innovative way Beatrix Potter developed Peter Rabbit toys and games.

The story has never been out of print since and more than 45 million copies have been sold worldwide.

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