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The Beatrix Potter coins which sparked a collecting frenzy

Posted by Mark Liversidge on

In 2016 The Royal Mint issued a series of 50p coins celebrating the work of Beatrix Potter, Britain’s much-loved children’s author and illustrator. When the coins finally entered circulation, they were snapped up quickly by collectors and are now incredibly difficult to find. In fact, they are among the most sought-after UK circulation coins ever issued.

There are a total of 5 coins in the Beatrix Potter 50p series:

The Beatrix Potter 50p Coin

The Beatrix Potter 50p coins were issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of her birth in 1866, and this coin pays tribute to the lady herself with her name in bold text and decorated in the style of her own illustrations.

The Peter Rabbit 50p Coin

The first of Beatrix Potter’s 23 books was ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ which tells the story of four little rabbits named Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter. It centres around Peter and the trouble he encounters in Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden. The story endures as the most popular and well-loved in the collection, and Peter Rabbit’s name has become synonymous with Beatrix Potter’s work.

Squirrel Nutkin 50p Coin

The story of Squirrel Nutkin tells the cautionary tale of a mischievous squirrel named Nutkin whose bad manners nearly get him eaten by Old Brown the owl. He loses half of his tail but escapes to be a wiser squirrel in the end.

Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p Coin

‘The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck’ was actually inspired by a real duck belonging to Beatrix Potter. All Jemima wants is to lay her eggs in peace, so she flies off and thinks she has found the perfect place. But the unlucky heroine does not realise that the charming gentleman who has lent his woodshed is planning a delicious meal of roast duck!

Mrs Tiggy-Winkle 50p Coin

‘The Tale of Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’ tells the story of a little girl called Lucie who spends her day helping Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, who does all the washing and ironing for the neighbouring animals. It’s only later that Lucie realises that Mrs Tiggy-Winkle is actually a hedgehog!

Beatrix Potter's characters have captured the imagination of children for generations, so it is perhaps easy to understand why these 50p coins have been so popular. Their charming designs appeal to a wide audience, making it increasingly difficult for UK collectors to own all five, and even more difficult for collectors abroad. 

Own all five coins in the Beatrix Potter series

Now you can own ALL FIVE UK Beatrix Potter 50p coins in an exclusive 150th Anniversary Set.

But these are not circulation quality coins. Each 50p in this set has been struck to an immaculate, Brilliant Uncirculated finish

Given the popularity of these coins, this is a collecting opportunity not to be missed! 

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