Sheffield residents will be eagerly trying to get their hands on new coloured 50p coins featuring Beatrix Potter characters after being released by the Royal Mint yesterday
The coins, which will have pictures of Peter Rabbit, Benjamin Bunny, Tom Kitten and Mr. Jeremy Fisher on the face, are to be released over the course of 2017.
Arguably one of the most famous literary creations, Peter Rabbit and friends will be re-imagined in full colour on the side of a commemorative coin.
Designer for The Royal Mint, Emma Noble, was chosen to immortalise Potter’s much-loved illustrations for the 2017 coin collection.
Thomas Merrington, Brand Manager for Peter Rabbit at Penguin Ventures said: “We are so delighted to be working once again with The Royal Mint on a new series of Beatrix Potter coins.
"The success of the original range is testament to the incredible craftsmanship and attention to detail that Emma Noble achieved in her designs and also to the love and affection shown towards Beatrix Potter’s characters by the general public.
"We can’t wait to see which of the new character designs will be most popular.”
Emma has previously worked on coins commemorating the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s coronation, Remembrance Sunday, and King George I.
The hand painted style of the coins will capture the original essence of Beatrix Potter's illustrations.
In 2016 a collection was released, celebrating Potter's 150th anniversary, which depicted Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggywinkle.
The range of coins was very successful and as a result a further collection has been released to supplement the earlier collection.
Anne Jessopp, Director of Commemorative coin at the Royal Mint said: "While we always knew that the Beatrix Potter characters would be a huge hit, the enormous popularity of the 2016 set exceeded everyone’s expectations.
"The coins sold out almost instantly as people raced to collect a complete set of the four friends.
"We’re delighted to be able to present another group of her exquisite characters, giving them a new lease of life on our specially-designed coloured commemorative coins.”