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Peter Rabbit™ 2018 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

Peter Rabbit™ 2018 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

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Celebrating More Characters from Beatrix Potter’s Little Tales

When The Royal Mint first commemorated this iconic writer, it was little surprise that Peter Rabbit was one of the most popular characters in the Beatrix Potter 50p collection. Each year, the lovable rabbit has been depicted in a different scene that represents one of his daring adventures.

Each year since the first coin set, Peter has been joined by a range of other familiar faces. Beatrix Potter is famous for writing and illustrating 23 little tales, filled with characters that have enchanted readers for more than a century. Jeremy Fisher, Benjamin Bunny and Tom Kitten are three such characters, and were celebrated on the 50p coins released in 2017.

In 2018, the faces to join our popular Beatrix Potter series were Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse, and the helpful mouse from The Tailor of Gloucester alongside the 2018 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 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p 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.”

The 2019 Peter Rabbit Collection

This year, Ms Potter’s famous rabbit takes centre stage again with a new Peter Rabbit 50p coin. The mischievous bunny has been beautifully engraved onto the reverse of the 50p coin from an original illustration, in both silver and a coloured proof coin.

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

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