The Evolution of Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit is the most-famous and well-known character that Beatrix Potter created and he has been adored since he first appeared in ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ in 1902. For more than 100 years the mischievous, blue-coated bunny is known for his adventures in Beatrix Potter’s tales, especially when he gets up to no good in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Over the past four years, he’s also come alive on a number of 50p designs produced here at The Royal Mint.
Each Peter Rabbit design created since 2016 has evolved, demonstrating a different aspect of Peter Rabbit’s cheeky personality, loveable face and brave but naughty nature.
The third design, released in 2018, depicts Peter Rabbit just as Beatrix Potter painted him. Every detail, from his little blue coat to his long whiskers, has been captured on the coin’s small surface. It shows the iconic image of Peter Rabbit munching on radishes after another near-miss in Mr. McGregor’s garden.
Royal Mint coin designer Emma Noble has brought Beatrix Potter’s characters to life on the coins. Emma has been in charge of carefully engraving the original illustrations and she has previously worked on coins commemorating Remembrance Sunday and celebrating the 60th anniversary of Her Majesty The Queen's coronation. The images that feature on these coins are meticulous recreations of the hand-painted illustrations which brought Beatrix Potter’s iconic books to life.
Peter Rabbit has become a familiar face on some of the most collectable 50p coins. Complete your collection with the Peter Rabbit 2019 UK 50p Coin.
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