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Beatrix Potter

When The Royal Mint created a collection of 50p coins to celebrate the birth of Beatrix Potter in 2016, it’s perhaps not surprising that Peter Rabbit was one of the most popular coins in the series. Since then, Peter Rabbit has been depicted in a different scene each year, followed by characters from the tales on their own coins. Peter Rabbit appeared in the first of Beatrix Potter’s little tales and his daring adventures set the scene for the stories that would follow. The love of these ‘small books for small hands’ has been passed down through generations of readers, and are as popular as ever across the world today.

Celebrating More Characters from Beatrix Potter’s Little Tales

Beatrix Potter is famous for writing and illustrating the 23 little tales that have enchanted readers for more than a century. The captivating world she created is filled with characters whose adventures have been enjoyed by generations of children and adults alike.

The latest coins in our popular Beatrix Potter series feature Flopsy Bunny, a helpful mouse from ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’ and Mrs. Tittlemouse, along with a brand new Peter Rabbit coin.

The Famous Rabbit in the Little Blue Coat

Peter Rabbit’s mischievous visits to Mr. McGregor’s garden lead to all sorts of trouble for the little bunny – but he can’t seem to resist the delicious vegetables the gardener grows! Radishes are perhaps his favourite, and the new coin for 2018 shows him munching on the treat just as he does in ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’, the first book in the series that was published.

Beatrix Potter had a pet bunny called Peter Piper as a child – he was her second rabbit after Benjamin Bouncer, who became famous in his own tale, Beatrix’s fourth book. Peter appears in six tales altogether, revisiting Mr. McGregor’s garden with his friend Benjamin Bunny. He also makes an appearance in ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’, now with a more grown-up approach to gardening. In the tale, Peter Rabbit has his own vegetable patch where he grows cabbages, although not enough to feed the Flopsy Bunnies!

“As there was not always quite enough to eat, Benjamin used to borrow cabbages from Flopsy's brother, Peter Rabbit, who kept a nursery garden.

Sometimes Peter Rabbit had no cabbages to spare.”

Text from ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’ courtesy of Frederick Warne & Co.

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