March 2016 | Nate Pedersen

Peter Rabbit Minted on British Coin

_L_UK16BPRS_02.jpgPeter Rabbit, beloved creation of Beatrix Potter, has become the first character from children's literature to appear on a British coin.

Wearing his trademark blue jacket, Peter Rabbit's portrait graces the front of a special, colored edition of the 50 pence coin issued yesterday. Coins featuring other Potter characters will be released later in 2016, the 150th anniversary of Potter's birth.

The coin images were designed by coin designer Emma Noble who said it was "amazing to be given the opportunity to work with such a famous and treasured literary character."

The Royal Mint issued a statement declaring Peter Rabbit "the most recognisable of Potter's creations, and one of the most cherished from children's literature."

Collectors can purchase the coin for £55.00 directly from the Royal Mint.  The colored version is limited to 15,000. An uncolored version can also be ordered directly from the Mint for £10.00 with no declared limitation on the minting.