A new colour version of a Tom Kitten 50p has gone on sale through the Royal Mint – but it will set keen collectors back £60.
The coin, presented in a clear acrylic case, is part of the commemorative issue of Beatrix Potter coins, which created such a buzz when launched earlier this year, it crashed the Mint’s site.
Tom Kitten, with his distinctive blue jacket, joins the Peter Rabbit and Jeremy Fisher coins to be released – with just Benjamin Bunny to come next month.
The Mint said 40,000 new 50p proof coins featuring the mischievous wide-eyed cat have been struck in colour.
If previous launches in the series are to go by, many speculators will be looking to cash in, selling them for big profits via eBay.
The Tom Kitten 50p is the latest in the Royal Mint’s celebratory series to mark 150 years of Beatrix Potter – the genius behind children’s classic The Tale of Peter Rabbit and many others.
There are two types of coin – a special silver proof colour edition that’s available for £60, and a standard silver version, that will cost you £10.
Previous coins from the Mint have featured the likes of Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggywinkle.
Anne Jessopp, of The Royal Mint, said earlier: “While we always knew that the Beatrix Potter characters would be a huge hit, the enormous popularity of the 2016 set exceeded everyone’s expectations.
“The coins sold out almost instantly as people raced to collect a complete set of the four friends.
“We’re delighted to be able to present another group of her exquisite characters, giving them a new lease of life on our specially-designed coloured commemorative coins.”