When the Royal Mint released a Beatrix Potter collection last years, collectors went mad for it – they even made the Royal Mint website crash!
However, forget Peter Rabbit who once made people queue for hours, collectors now clamour for the Jemima Puddleduck 50p to complete their collections, meaning they’re now selling for a lot more than 50p.
A lot fewer of the Puddleduck coins were made, making them rare and worth a lot more now, a year on since the collection was released.
“When one coin in a series has a much lower mintage figure, collectors struggle to complete the set,” says coin collecting site ChangeChecker in a blog post.
Today it was confirmed that the Jemima Puddleduck coin was the rarest of the Beatrix Potter collection – twice as rare as the next scarcest coin, Squirrel Nutkin.
Royal Mint coin designer Emma Noble was the one chosen to create the 2017 coin collection, immortalising the beloved Potter illustrations.
Noble has previously worked on coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, Remembrance Sunday and King George I.
The collection was developed in collaboration and partnership with Penguin Random House – the publisher of Beatrix Potter’s Tales. It will kick off with the famously cheeky character himself, Peter Rabbit.
Each coin also bears the fifth definitive portrait of The Queen by Royal Mint engraver Jody Clark, who was first introduced to UK coinage in 2015.
It is believed the Tom Kitten proof will be out on July 31, 2017.
Thomas Merrington, brand manager for Peter Rabbit at Penguin Ventures said: “We are so delighted to be working once again with The Royal Mint on a new series of Beatrix Potter coins.
The success of the original range is testament to the incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail that Emma Noble achieved in her designs and also to the love and affection shown towards Beatrix Potter’s characters by the general public.”
So what would you do if you found one of these coins in your purse?