COIN collectors can get their mitts on a new Peter Rabbit 50p piece that’s launching tomorrow – and it could be worth up to £840.
The new design depicts author Beatrix Potter’s infamous Peter Rabbit character standing upright and wearing his trademark blue jacket and holding his iconic red handkerchief.
Royal Mint Royal Mint is launching a new Peter Rabbit coin today
It had wrongly been rumoured that the coin would feature Peter Rabbit being chased by gardener Mr McGregor or Peter squeezing under the garden gate.
But sadly you won’t find the coin in your change as it’s not going into circulation.
Instead, the coin can be purchased on the Royal Mint website for varying prices.
The cheapest, a “brilliant uncirculated” version will cost £10, and there will be an unlimited supply of these available.
Royal Mint Royal Mint is launching three new Peter Rabbit coins in brilliant uncirculated, silver proof and gold proof
Moving up in price is the “silver proof” version made from sterling silver, which will set you back £65. There will be 30,000 of these coloured coins on sale.
Lastly, if you’ve got wads of cash to spare, you might want to fork out for the “gold proof” coin that costs a whopping £795. There are just 500 of these.
The coins have all been designed by Emma Noble.
What are the different types of coin?THESE are the coins you can see from the Royal Mint:
Circulated – these are the coins you’ll see in your shop change.
Brilliant uncirculated – these coins are a higher standard than circulating and bullion coins. The machines used to strike these coins are polished and finished by hand.
Proof – these are the highest quality coins produced by the Royal Mint. Machines used to make these are all hand-finished.
Bullion – these coins are made from gold and silver and are usually used as an investment that aims to retain a certain value over time.
Characters from the fantasy world created by children’s author Beatrix Potter have been released on 50p coins by the Royal Mint since 2016.
Some versions have only been on sale as collectors items while others have gone into general circulation.
Previous iterations of 50p coins featuring Peter Rabbit have been sold on eBay for as much £840 – 1,650 per cent more than their face value – and it’s thought the same could happen with this latest version.
What other Peter Rabbit coins are there?HERE are the other Peter Rabbit coins released by the Royal Mint:
The 2016 coin features a close up of Peter Rabbit holding onto the lapels of his jacket.
The 2017 coin saw Peter hopping away.
The 2018 version was made with an illustration of Peter nibbling on some carrots.
More Beatrix Potter coins could be available later this year too, although Royal Mint won’t confirm or deny the rumours.
Coin experts have said they beleive one of the characters will be a fox called Mr Tod, while another will be a badger called Tommy Brock – both from the Tale of Mr Tod.
The other coin is expected to be of a fat mouse called Samuel Whiskers from The Roly-Poly Pudding.
What other Beatrix Potter coins have been released?HERE are the Beatrix Potter coins the Royal Mint has released:
Peter Rabbit with his hands on his jacket
Beatrix Potter 1866-1943 commemorative design
Peter Rabbit from behind
Mr Jeremy Fisher
Peter Rabbit eating carrots
The Tailor of Gloucester
Peter Rabbit holding his hankercheif
Nicola Howell, director of the consumer division at the Royal Mint said: “Following the fantastic response to our previous Beatrix Potter collections, we’re delighted to be celebrating the timeless appeal of Peter Rabbit, one of the most-loved children’s characters, once again with our 2019 commemorative coin, giving fans the chance to add to their existing collections.”
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The most sought after Kew Gardens 50p, which is considered to be one of the rarest and most valuable coins, sells for around £90 online.
Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny among new Beatrix Potter 50p coins released by the Royal Mint
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