Beatrix Potter’s famously disobedient Peter Rabbit is to be joined by children’s favourites Mr Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny in a new set of coloured 50p coins unveiled by the Royal Mint today.
Thirty thousand coins featuring each of the characters are being released as collectables and later this year the set will be released into circulation. The limited-edition 50p coins are to supplement the 2016 collection that celebrated the author’s 150th anniversary.
Last year’s collection featured Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggywinkle and was enormously popular, selling out within days from The Royal Mint website.
The 2017 collection, developed in collaboration with Penguin Random House (publisher of Beatrix Potter’s Tales) will once again kick off with famously cheeky character Peter Rabbit himself. This will be followed by Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Mr Jeremy Fisher.
The coins were created by designer Emma Noble, who has previously worked on pieces celebrating the Diamond Jubilee and Remembrance Sunday.
Each coin’s obverse side bears the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen by Royal Mint Engraver Jody Clark, first introduced to UK coinage in 2015.
Anne Jessopp, Director of Commemorative Coin at The Royal Mint said demand was amazing: “The enormous popularity of the 2016 set exceeded everyone’s expectations. The coins sold out almost instantly as people raced to collect a complete set of the four friends.”
More than 45 million copies of Potter's original book, The Tale Of Peter Rabbit, have been sold since it was first published in 1902. The story is also being celebrated on the big screen, with filming starting this month on a Hollywood remake with characters voiced by James Corden and Margot Robbie. The film is due for release in March 2018.