Royal Mint release colourful Beatrix Potter coins
Sales halted due to popularity amongst collectors
by Abi Moses on 4th April, 2017 and updated 4th April, 2017 8:33pm
In a plea to celebrate the timeless Children's author, Beatrix Potter, Royal Mint have released a coin in her honour, with the 50 pence pieces featuring images on her most popular creation, Peter Rabbit. Encouraging great feelings of nostalgia, the coins went on sale just a few days ago, with the 30,000 released reportedly in great demand. Seeing coloured versions sold for £60 and standard silver version for £10, the Royal Mint website has no choice but delay sales, with buyers being in queues for over an hour when ordering.
Promising to follow up with a series of coins to build a collection, numismatics await the release of coins with images of Mr. Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny ingrained. According to Royal Mint, Jeremy Fisher will be released on June 5, Tom Kitten on 31 July and an uncirculated Benjamin Button coin will drop in September.
Royal Mint’s coin designer, Emma Noble, was selected to design the Peter Rabbit, having already worked on coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s coronation, Remembrance Sunday and King George I.
Anne Jessopp, director of commemorative coin at The Royal Mint, commented: “While we always knew that the Beatrix Potter characters would be a huge hit, the enormous popularity of the 2016 set exceeded everyone’s expectations."
The release of the Peter Rabbit coin comes after last year's success with Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and another Peter Rabbit coin, which all exceeded expectations.
Let us know what you think, will you be heading to the Mint website to purchase yours?
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