Four new Beatrix Potter coins been unveiled by the Royal Mint to mark its continuing celebration of the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.
Designs featuring Peter Rabbit munching carrots, Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and a mouse from “The Tailor of Gloucester” were unveiled today.
Demand is sure to be high: the last time one of the very collectable coins was released, the site crashed as fans overwhelmed it.
Anne Jessopp, from The Royal Mint said: “The Beatrix Potter range has grown in popularity since Peter Rabbit was first introduced on to UK coins in 2016.
“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.”
Peter Rabbit coins cost £60 for a limited edition silver proof coloured coin, while the brilliant uncirculated silver cost £10 each.
Peter is shows in his distinctive blue jacket, scoffing one carrot while holding another.
Flopsy Bunny, showing off her bright red cape, will be available from March, while the cute mouse reading a newspaper from the Tailor of Gloucester will be released in April.
Mrs Tittlemouse, scurrying along carrying a wicker basket, will be the last to be available, in May.
The Mint says a small number of each design will be pumped out into general circulation later in the year, although none will feature colour.
Some of the Royal Mint’s Peter Rabbit coloured coins from 2016 were sold for up to £720 on eBay.
A new Peter Rabbit coin released in April last year was a huge success as people rushed to add to their collection featuring earlier releases of coins with Potter favourites Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and another Peter Rabbit design on them.
The Beatrix Potter coins were created by designer Emma Noble who has previously worked on pieces commemorating the Diamond Jubilee and Remembrance Sunday.