THE Royal Mint is set to release a new set of Beatrix Potter 50p coins and one of them is likely to feature an updated Peter Rabbit design.
Coin enthusiasts are sharing reports that fours new designs are on their way, and it could be as soon as this month.
Coin Hunter/Beatrix Potter/Frederick Warne & Co. An artists impression of what the coin might look like according to Coin Hunter
We’ve put this to the Royal Mint, and while it’s keeping tight-lipped on this one, it wouldn’t deny the launch of the coins either.
A Facebook post by money boffin Coin Hunter gathered all of the rumours from collectors’ forums which has caused much excitement.
Here’s what we know so far:
When will the new Beatrix Potter coins be released?
The Peter Rabbit collection was first released in 2016 to celebrate 150 years since the birth of author Beatrix Potter.
Every year since, the Royal Mint has launched a new set of coins featuring different characters from the collection – although one of them is always of Peter.
For the past three years, a new set of Beatrix Potter coins have been announced in March, with the first lot of coins being released into circulation at the end of the month.
PA:Press Association Last year, Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and The Tailor of Gloucester all featured on a 50p
Another strong indicator that the coins are on their way is that a shop in Keswick that is dedicated to selling Beatrix Potter merchandise called Peter Rabbit and Friends has begun taking pre-orders for the 2019 set.
Now, we can’t be certain that a new batch will be released without confirmation from the Royal Mint but the coin world is swirling with rumour and it’s not often that it’s wrong.
What characters will be on the coins and how many will there be?
The first set to be released featured five coins, four with a character on it and one with Beatrix Potter’s name on it, but later sets have only included four.
There are four new coins that are due to be released later this year, according to Coin Hunter.
Not known, clear with picture desk The first Peter Rabbit coin was released in 2016
Coin expert Colin Bellamy says he believes one of the characters will be a fox called Mr Tod and 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.
They will join Jeremy Fisher, Benajmin Bunny, Tom Kitten, the Tailor of Gloucester, Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and Peter Rabbit from previous years.
Before, the coins have been released on a silver coloured base as well as colour versions.What will the Peter Rabbit coin look like?
This will be the fourth Peter Rabbit design to be minted onto a 50p coin.
The 2016 coins features a close up of Peter Rabbit holding onto the lapels of his jacket.
Rare Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter 50p coin sells for £840 on eBay – do you have one in your spare change?
What are the most valuable 50p coins?
HAVE a rummage through the change in your pocket for rare 50p coins because they could be worth a small fortune.
Kew Gardens, up to £160
This rare commemorative coin was created in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London’s Kew Gardens. Only 210,000 of these coins were issued and a quick check online shows up that a circulated coin with this design sold for £160 on eBay after it got 25 bids.
Sir Isaac Newton, up to £77
At first, just 375 of the Sir Isaac Newton coins were released into the tills at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, the birthplace and home of the famous scientist, but more of the coins were slowly released into circulation – adding up to a total of 1.8million. The majority of these coins are still boxed in protective packaging and they’re selling for around £76.99 online.
Jemima Puddle Duck, up to £13.50
There are only 2.1million of these coins in circulation and one of the coins recently sold for 27 times its value at £13.50 on eBay.
Suffragettes, up to £7.50
There are currently 3.1million of the coins in circulation. Recently, one coin that had been in circulation fetched £7.50 on eBay – that’s 15 times its face value.
WWF, up to £4.50
There are 3.4million coins in circulation and they are hugely popular amongst collectors. We found one that was recently sold for £4.50.
Britannia, up to £1.81
Britannia was replaced by the new Royal Shield in 2008 as the standard 50p design, and none have been issued since, making the ones minted in that year valuable to collectors. Only 3.5million were issued into circulation and one recently sold on eBay for £1.81.
The coin released the following year saw Peter hopping away, while the 2018 version was made with an illustration of Peter nibbling on some carrots.
This year’s 50p is rumoured to be of Peter Rabbit being chased by gardener Mr McGregor, a reoccurring character who is forever shooing the bunnies away from his vegetable patch.
Or the other theory is that it could be of Peter squeezing under the garden gate.
Coin Hunter reckons that the number of coins that will be released will be similar to last year which was around 35,000 per design making them super rare.
How much could the coin be worth?
Usually, new 50p coins have been available to buy directly from the Royal Mint for around £10 and they come in a collectors folder.
Of course, you could wait for one to turn up in your change, as long as they are released into circulation.
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The Beatrix Potter coins are highly sort after among collectors who often grapple to get the full set.
Previously, circulated and uncirculated coins have sold for hundreds of pounds online.
The Peter Rabbit coins tend to be worth the most on eBay which have been known to fetch up to £840.
That’s almost 10 times more than what the most sought after Kew Gardens 50p which is considered to be one of the rarest and most valuable coins that sell for around £90 online.
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