New Peter Rabbit 50p Coin To Go On Sale This Month

There's a new Peter Rabbit 50p coin heading our way and it could be worth hundreds of pounds.

The Royal Mint has sent out an email informing customers they can now register their interest in the limited edition coin.

If they're anything as popular as previous collections they could go on to be worth more than £600.

Enthusiasts and fans of the literary character were buoyed by the news earlier this week that a new set of Beatrix Potter-themed coins were set to be released later this month.

And last week the Peter Rabbit and Friends ship in Keswick, which specialises in Potter merchandise, started taking pre-orders for the new set.

This is the fourth year running the Royal Mint has celebrated the author - the first batch of coins was released in the Lake District in 2016 to mark Potter's 100th birthday.

Customers can now register their interest in the new coins. Credit: Royal Mint
Customers can now register their interest in the new coins. Credit: Royal Mint

According to reports, this year's collection is to be released into circulation on 19 March.

And though it's not yet known which of the author's famous creations will be immortalised in the collection, one coin expert has offered his best guess.

Colin Bellamy says he thinks one of them will be a fox called Mr Tod and a badger called Tommy Brock, both of whom feature in the Tale of Mr Tod.

It's also believed the other character will be a fat mouse called Samuel Whiskers from The Roly-Poly Pudding.

If correct, they will join the likes of Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten, Mrs Tittlemouse, the Tailor of Gloucester, Benajmin Bunny, Flopsy Bunny, and Peter Rabbit from previous years.

There is also no confirmation on the 50p design itself but some believe it could see Peter Rabbit being chased gardener Mr McGregor, who is known in the stories for constantly trying to get bunnies away from his beloved vegetable patch.

Another suggestion is that it could depict the iconic character trying to squeeze under the garden gate.

It's the fourth year running the Royal Mint has celebrated the iconic children's character. Credit: Royal Mint
It's the fourth year running the Royal Mint has celebrated the iconic children's character. Credit: Royal Mint

However, other than confirming the coins are on their way, the Royal Mint hasn't given anything away with regards to the design.

Based on previous coins, if you want to buy your very own Peter Rabbit coin they will available from the Royal Mint for around £10.

Earlier this week the Royal Mint released a special 50p coin to commemorate the late physicist, Stephen Hawking, and his pioneering work on black hole theory.

Edwina Ellis, who designed the coin, said: "He made difficult subjects accessible and engaging - that's what I wanted to portray.

"Hawking, at his playful best, invites the audience to contemplate peering into a black hole before diving in. I wanted to fit a big black hole on the tiny coin and wish he was still here chortling at the thought."

Featured Image Credit: Royal Mint

Dominic Smithers

After graduating from Leeds University with a degree in French and History, Dom went onto gain an NCTJ journalism qualification. Since then he has worked as a reporter at the Manchester Evening News and the Macclesfield Express, covering breaking news, court, sports, and politics.

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