This 2016 Beatrix Potter Anniversary 50p is one of five 2016 coins marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter and designed by Emma Noble. It features the text BEATRIX POTTER and the dates 1866–1943 when she was born and died. Feb 06, 2021 A further 4 Beatrix Potter 50p coins were released in 2018 and these were Peter Rabbit 50p, Flopsy Bunny 50p, Mrs Tittlemouse 50p, and The Tailor of Gloucester 50p. With the exception of Tailor of Gloucester, the other 3 coins were the lowest mintage of the series. Mar 19, 2019 Characters from the fantasy world created by children's author Beatrix Potter have been released on 50p coins by the Royal Mint since 2016. Some versions have only been on sale as collectors items.
With Monday’s announcement of four new Beatrix Potter 50p coins leading to as many as 50,000 collectors queuing at The Royal Mint’s website to reserve the coins online, Change Checker can reveal which of last year’s 5 Beatrix Potter circulation 50p coins are currently the most sought after by collectors.
Using data unique collecting and swap data, Change Checker will be publishing its first-ever 50p “Scarcity Index” later this month but ahead of the full publication, we can give you a sneak preview as to which of last year’s Beatrix Potter 50p coins are currently most sought after by collectors.
How rare are the Beatrix Potter 50p coins?
Final mintages are yet to be published but the Change Checker “Scarcity Index” scores each of the UK’s 54 circulation 50p coin designs out of 100 to determine their relative scarcity.
Results suggest that Jemima Puddle-Duck is currently the 6th most difficult coin to find in your change, with Squirrel Nutkin coming in close behind. Peter Rabbit has certainly become easier over the last few months but still sits 20th out 54 issues.
How valuable are my Beatrix Potter 50p coins?
Currently you can still buy base metal collector versions of the Beatrix Potter 50p coins direct from the Royal Mint for £10 and Change Checker Certified Brilliant Uncirculated versions for £3.99, rather than wait to find them in your change. That has meant that their values have been pretty much capped.
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But The Royal Mint has confirmed that they are not striking any more 2016 collector editions, which means that when current stocks of the Brilliant Uncirculated version are exhausted, collectors’ only choice will be to search for circulation versions.
So whilst the 2016 Beatrix Potter 50p coins are not likely to follow the example of the ultra-rare Kew Gardens 50p, which achieves prices of between £70 and £100, collectors may see prices rise from around 6 times face value to somewhere between 10 and 12 times face value over the coming months.
But don’t forget, the joy of Change Checking is that you may receive a Beatrix Potter 50p coin in your change at any time for just its face value – 50p.
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First issued in 2016, the Beatrix Potter 50p coins became hugely popular thanks to the subject - thousands of us grew up reading about the cheeky bunny and his friends - and the growing appeal of collecting 50p coins, sparked by the ambitious London 2012 Olympics 50p series.
How many Beatrix Potter 50p coins are there?
The first Beatrix Potter 50p coins were released in 2016 to mark 150 years since the famous writer and illustrator's birth. This first issue consisted of the following coins:
- Peter Rabbit 50p coin
- Mrs Tiggy-Winkle 50p coin
- Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p coin
- Squirrel Nutkin 50p coin
- Beatrix Potter 150th anniversary 50p coin
In 2017 The Royal Mint issued further Beatrix Potter coins, as follows:
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit 50p coin
- Jeremy Fisher 50p coin
- Benjamin Bunny 50p coin
- Tom Kitten 50p coin
In 2018 the series continued with the released of the following coins:
- Peter Rabbit 50p coin
- Flopsy Bunny 50p coin
- Tailor of Gloucester 50p coin
- Mrs Tittlemouse 50p coin
Change Checker stock a number of the Beatrix Potter 50ps which you can secure for your collection here >>
Which Beatrix Potter coins are the most valuable?
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According to our friends at Change Checker, the most scarce Beatrix Potter 50p is the 2016 Jemima Puddle-Duck coin, which is rated as the third rarest 50p coin in circulation (behind the 2017 Sir Isaac Newton and the 2009 Kew Gardens coins) with a relatively low mintage of 2.1 million. The coin is no longer available from The Royal Mint and examples can be bought for between £10 and £20 on ebay.
The second scarcest coin is the 2016 Squirrel Nutkin, with a mintage figure of 5 million. This coin can be bought for around £3.50 on ebay.
The mintage of the other Beatrix Potter coins is as follows:
- 2016 Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary - 6.9 million
- 2016 Mrs Tiggy-Winkle - 8.8 million
- 2017 Tom Kitten - 9.5 million
- 2017 Jeremy Fisher - 9.9 million
- 2017 Peter Rabbit - 19.9 million
- 2017 Benjamin Bunny - 25 million
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So why are Beatrix Potter coins going for £100s on ebay?
There are different versions of new coins issued by The Royal Mint. The figures detailed above are for circulation coins - the examples that we find in our loose change. For each new coin, The Royal Mint issue a Silver Proof Coloured version, a Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) and the circulation copy. Funrep roulette tricks.
Only 15,000 copies of the 2016 Peter Rabbit Silver Proof Coloured 50p coin were released and they quickly sold out, with The Royal Mint website crashing due to the huge demand.
This means the coloured version - not actually a circulation coin, it wouldn't be accepted in shops - is now worth around £400.
The coloured versions of the 2017 coins can be bought for £125 each from sites such as The Westminster Collection. The 2018 Silver Proof Coloured versions are priced at £60 each. But since there are limited numbers of these special edition coins, they are likely to go up in value in the years to come.
Buyer beware! Examples with a 'professionally made sticker' are being offered on ebay - these coins are not the official Silver Proof Coloured 50p coins, but just feature a coloured sticker over the original design.
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) versions of the coin feature a pristine finish (and usually sold in special packaging to retain their condition) that isn't seen on the circulated coins. Yet generally speaking they are only marginally more valuable than the examples we find in our loose change.
You can purchase Brilliant Uncirculated versions of the 2018 coins for £10 from The Royal Mint website, whilst The Westminster Collection offers versions for as little as £3.99.
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What should I do if I find a Beatrix Potter coin?
If you find a Beatrix Potter coin in your change why not keep it and complete the collection? It's unlikely your coin will fetch £100s or £1,000s on ebay, but the coins make for a lovely collection and there are a variety of different folders available to store and display the coins.
In future years the lower mintage coins will gain value, and the Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p is definitely the one to look our for, so keep an eye on your change and enjoy the thrill of the hunt. It's no longer just that nasty Mr McGregor that's searching high and low for Peter Rabbit!
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