Beatrix Potter’s iconic Peter Rabbit is set to become the first children’s literary character to appear on a British coin.
The fantastic rabbit who outwits Mr McGregor in the storybooks will appear on a silver 50p to mark the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth.
The Royal Mint sad that three more of Potter’s characters will appear on special edition coins released later in the year to complete a four-piece set.
Designer, Emma Noble, says “I wanted to put Beatrix Potter’s illustrations to the forefront of my design as they are lovely images and the characters are very well known.”
The coins are the second set announced by the Royal Mint this year already to celebrate Potter’s birth, with gold and silver 50p pieces unveiled at the new year.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit was the first to feature the rabbit and was an instant success after being published in 1902 and went no to appear in five more books.
Not only will the coins be released, but a story written by Potter over 100 years ago has been found and is set to be published in September. More details can be found here.
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