New Beatrix Potter 50p coins are being released – here’s how much they could be worth

New Beatrix Potter 50p coins are being released – here’s how much they could be worth
(Image: The Royal Mint)

Hot on the heels of the commemorative Stephen Hawking 50p, the Royal Mint is set to release a brand new Peter Rabbit coin this month.

The news was revealed by coin enthusiasts earlier this week, when they spotted that the Peter Rabbit and Friends shop in Keswick had begun taking pre-orders for the new 50p.

It’s expected that the Peter Rabbit coin will be just one in a set of four depicting characters from Potter’s literary works.

The Royal Mint pre-registration page says that the coin(s) are intended to celebrate Beatrix Potter, “and her little tales”, so it could be that more than one is on the way.

A 2016 Peter Rabbit coin recently sold on eBay for a whopping £1,000 (Photo: The Royal Mint)
A 2016 Peter Rabbit coin recently sold on eBay for a whopping £1,000 (Photo: The Royal Mint)

It will be the fourth consecutive year in which new Peter Rabbit coins have been released.

In 2016, The Royal Mint created a collection of special 50p coins to mark 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter.

Previous Peter Rabbit sets have gone on to be much sought after by collectors, making them more valuable than their face value.

One of the coins recently sold for £1,000 on eBay, after five people bid for the rare rabbit 50 pence piece, while another sold for £840.

While the 2016 coins are the rarest and most sought after, there have been additional releases in 2017 and 2018, with coins featuring Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse, The Tailor of Gloucester and a new Peter Rabbit design launched by the Royal Mint last year.

What will the new coins look like?

The design of the new Peter Rabbit coins have not yet been revealed by the Royal Mint, though it will only be a few days until they are released to the public.

Coin enthusiasts have been speculating on which new Potter characters might be immortalised in cupro-nickel next to Peter himself, with some suggesting Mr Tod the fox and the badger Tommy Brock (from the Tale of Mr Tod) will both feature.

When can I get my hands on one?

The coins will be released next week on Tuesday 19 March.

You can register your interest, meaning you’ll be the first to know any new details about the coin, with The Royal Mint on their website.

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