Royal Mint reveals four new designs for its 2018 Beatrix Potter coin collection

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19 February 2018
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Mikael-Buck-Beatrix-Potter-Royal-Mint-13-27226.jpg Royal Mint reveals four new designs for its 2018 Beatrix Potter coin collection
The Royal Mint has today announced that four new designs will be added to its Beatrix Potter collection for 2018, beginning with a 50p coin featuring Peter Rabbit.

The Royal Mint has today announced that four new designs will be added to its Beatrix Potter collection for 2018, beginning with a 50p coin featuring Peter Rabbit.

The Brilliant Uncirculated or coloured Silver Proof 50p coins will be released over the course of 2018 to supplement the 2016 and 2017 collection that marked the much-loved author’s 150th anniversary in 2016.  

Peter Rabbit will be the first of the four furry characters to be featured on a 2018 coin, followed by Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and a mouse from The Tailor of Gloucester.

The distinctive, hand painted style of Beatrix Potter’s original illustration will be captured on the silver proof coins by vivid colour printed designs, capturing the blue of Peter Rabbit’s coat, the red of Flopsy Bunny’s jacket and the pastel tones in Mrs Tittlemouse’s dress.

Design details

Designer for The Royal Mint, Emma Noble, was chosen to interpret Potter’s globally-recognised illustrations for the 2018 collection. In addition, to the first Beatrix Potter collection, Emma has previously worked on coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, Remembrance Sunday, and King George I.

Anne Jessopp, CEO at The Royal Mint said: “The Beatrix Potter range has grown in popularity since Peter Rabbit was first introduced onto UK coins in 2016. Since then, Peter Rabbit has been joined by a number of furry friends throughout the years. This year we are delighted to present another group of Beatrix’s characters, giving them a new lease of life on our specially-designed coloured commemorative coins.”

Alongside the special edition coloured coins, the four designs will also appear in the UK publics’ pockets and purses later this year as plain-metal circulating versions.

Peter Rabbit 2018 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin issue details

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Weight: 8.00g

Composition: 925Ag Sterling Silver

Diameter: 27.30mm

Design (obverse): Jody Clark

Design (reverse): Emma Noble

(images copyright The Royal Mint)