Beatrix Potter 50p coins: How many are there to collect and how valuable are they?
21 March 2019, 16:07 | Updated: 21 March 2019, 16:11
When you get a load of loose change, chances are you don't give it much thought.
However, you might want to have a quick peep at your coins, as there are plenty of limited edition releases out there, with some being so rare that they sell for far more than their face value.
One of the most sought-after coins at the moment are the various Beatrix Potter 50p collections out there.
Not only are they rather lovely to look at and collect, but some go for quite a bit of money. Here are all the coins out there to complete your collection.
New Peter Rabbit 50p for 2019
The Royal Mint has released a new commemorative coin featuring Beatrix Potter's character Peter Rabbit.
Engraved by coin designer Emma Noble, it shows the famous rabbit in his blue jacket, and is available in a series of finishes, including Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated.
While they will not be entering circulation, each coin is bound to be very popular when they go on sale, following the success of its predecessors.
The 2019 edition of the Peter Rabbit 50p is available to buy from royalmint.com, where prices start at £10.
The Beatrix Potter Collection
In 2016, The Royal Mint released a collection of special 50p coins to mark 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter.
The limited edition coins showed characters from the author’s iconic children’s story, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, with Peter Rabbit the most popular (and most valuable) coins in the series.
One of the Peter Rabbit coins recently sold for £1,000 on eBay, after five people bid for the rare 50p, while another sold for £840.
The 2016 coins are the rarest out there, but there have since been additional releases in 2017 and 2018, with coins featuring Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse, The Tailor of Gloucester and a new Peter Rabbit design.
More Peter Rabbit
There have been a few other Peter Rabbit 50ps released so far.
The 2016 coins are the rarest, featuring an up-close portrait of his face. The silver version is the one that sold for £1,000 on eBay, but is also available on The Royal Mint website for only £10. The coloured portrait is valued at £55.
In 2017, a second silver coin showing Peter running was released, valued at £10. A rarer coloured version is priced at £60.
The final 2018 version, featuring a colourful Peter eating a carrot, is also valued at £60.
Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin
In 2016, two versions of these classic characters were released, showing a portrait on each.
The plain silver versions are valued at £10, while the colour editions are £60 each, and £55 for Squirrel Nutkin.
The Jemima Puddle-Duck coins are thought to be the rarest, as only 2.1 million were released into circulation, compared to the 9.6 million of Peter Rabbit.
Tom Kitten, Benjamin Bunny and Jeremy Fisher
Two versions of these characters were released in 2017, showing a portrait on each version.
The plain silver versions are valued at £10, and the colour editions are more valuable at £60 each.
Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and The Tailor of Gloucester
These coins were released in 2018.
The plain silver versions of the character coins are priced at £10, while the colourful portrait versions have a value of £60.
Beatrix Potter Anniversary Coin
This coin was released to celebrate Beatrix Potter’s life, and the coin features the dates 1866 to 1943, with Peter Rabbit at the centre.
They are available in silver and gold, and the 2016 releases are valued at £55 and a massive £780 respectively.